The more benefits those who have an immunity certificate acquire, the more people would like to have one, even if it is fake.
According to euronews.com, the debate whether it is good to link “privileges” to the so-called green certificates started in January 2021. Then, most said that it would be discrimination to let only those enter a cinema, a restaurant or theatre who have an immunity certificate. However, this opinion faded with time and gave space to those who say that the vaccine should go hand in hand with privileges during the pandemic.
The number of governments thinking so is rising even though most of them say that they will allow citizens to substitute the green certificates with negative tests.
Interestingly, Hungary is at the forefront in acquiring Eastern vaccines and in making immunity certificates. The first ones appeared in February, and there are already significant privileges linked to them. For example, those can sit inside a restaurant, enter a cinema, bath, theatre, and gyms who have the card. Furthermore,
everybody can return from abroad or travel to Serbia, Bahrein, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Croatia with a Hungarian green certificate.
If there is demand, there will be support. Thus, it is not surprising that social media became flooded with advertisements about how to get a fake immunity certificate.
Euronews started to investigate the issue and found that the most expensive, but the most trustworthy, path is to get one with the help of general practitioners. GPs can send more names to the National Public Health Centre than they inoculated. Based on sources who wanted to remain anonymous,
the process costs HUF 100-200 thousand (EUR 300-600).
One can try to forge such cards, but it is difficult to include all the security elements. In Hungary, there have not been such scandals yet, but in the USA, it happened already, for example, in Chicago. Furthermore, there is a rise in the number of posts on Facebook or TikTok offering fake inoculation documents.
The easiest is to forge a positive antigen test,
send it to the authorities, and you will receive a card valid for four months. Another method is to send somebody who already got the infection before to the antigen test. Since social security cards do not contain a photo and nobody checks any other ID cards of the “patient”, such solutions are almost untraceable.
That is why the Hungarian government acted quickly and,
from last Sunday on, all those who the authorities catch forging or using fake documents or cards risk a 5-year-long sentence in prison.
Moreover, all those who go into a community with such forged cards are risking lives, which is morally unacceptable. Nobody’s friend or relative will be protected by a fake card.