Faced with a significant increase of forged vaccination cards in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Representative Paul Baumbach introduced House Bill 302, which would outlaw fake vaccination cards by adding a definition of vaccination cards to the existing crime of second-degree forgery.
Forgery in the second degree is a class G felony. Class G felonies carry a maximum sentence of two years
The card would be defined as “provided to an individual by a vaccine provider indicating the date an individual received a vaccination, the type of vaccine and lot number, and bearing a government logo or other indication that the card is created by a governmental instrumentality.”
The crime would include electronic vaccination documents because the existing definition of “written instrument” under state code includes electronic equivalents.
|House Bill 302 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Gay, Hansen, Sokola, Walsh|
|Current Status: House Judiciary|
“More and more, we have seen cases of individuals forging vaccination cards to circumvent guidelines or requirements to get vaccinated. This isn’t just dishonest; it’s also a public health risk that could put susceptible people in jeopardy by being around someone claiming to be vaccinated against a serious virus,” said Rep. Baumbach. “By adding this definition to the forgery statute, we will be giving prosecutors another tool to combat this growing crime.”
“Public health should be a paramount concern for all Delawareans,” said prime Senate sponsor Sen. Kyle Evans Gay. “Anyone who would endanger the welfare of others by misrepresenting their vaccination status, or helping someone else to misrepresent their vaccination status, should be held accountable under the laws of our state.”