Thursday, August 12, 2021

Proof of vaccination required, but who enforces the rule?


The FBI has warned against buying or making a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.

Milwaukee World Festival Inc. announced that a COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result will be required to attend Summerfest in September.

But who gets to enforce the new rules?

The FBI has warned against buying or making a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.

"I think it's more safer for everybody," Scott Mastos said Tuesday. "Then I know they'll be here -- the band and all that."

Another woman buying tickets for Chris Stapleton was also pleased.

"Even though it's outside, I would feel safer, absolutely," she said.

The annual music festival's move followed Chicago's Lollapalooza rules.

But it also opens the door to fraud.

The FBI warned buying or selling fake cards was a felony.

That's why consumer groups like the Better Business Bureau are also on alert.

"We know the vaccination cards are quite simple, they're easy to replicate but I think what's important to remember is that the CDC has an official seal on that card so duplicating it opens up a world of trouble," said Lisa Schiller of the Wisconsin BBB.

Summerfest officials said they were not yet ready to discuss how workers would spot a fake COVID-19 vaccine card before a fan was allowed through the gates.

Milwaukee's Health commissioner said she was hoping anyone falsifying vaccine cards would be the minority.

"Certainly I think that is a concern," Kirsten Johnson said. "I'm hopeful that people would rather just get tested than take the time to create a fake vaccine card."

The health department told WISN 12 they are not aware of any other complaints regarding fake vaccine cards.

Summerfest will take place Sept. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18 in Milwaukee.


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