A New York State Supreme Court justice dismissed felony charges against two people who purchased fake COVID-19 vaccine cards to avoid New York City’s vaccine mandate. The felony charges were brought by Manhattan’s district attorney, who is now facing criticism on social media. Some posts claim that the district attorney was too harsh on those with fake vaccine cards and too lenient with violent offenders.
Risk level: Low
Recommendation: While conversations about vaccine mandates are unlikely to arise in a clinical setting, doctors in New York may face questions about the effectiveness and necessity of COVID-19 vaccines. Messaging may emphasize that staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines prevents severe illness, hospitalization, death, and long COVID. The CDC recommends the updated COVID-19 vaccine for everyone 6 months and older.