Fake vaccine cards are in high demand on social media and the Dark Web

The Wall Street Journal reports the surge in sales of counterfeit covid vaccination cards online in the United States and Europe. Also, celebrity vaccine approvals, covid boosters, menstrual changes due to covid injections and more.

The Wall Street Journal: Fake Covid vaccination cards on the rise in US and Europe

As Covid-19 vaccination warrants proliferate in the United States and Europe, scammers are selling fake vaccination certificates. … The spread of such rules has created a market for fake certificates for unvaccinated people. In recent weeks, schemes to sell illegal evidence of vaccination have multiplied on social media sites, messaging apps such as Telegram and on the dark web, according to government investigators and cybersecurity experts. … “Although we don’t have definitive numbers, we are seeing more of these types of programs recently,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Justice. (Silver, 8/7)

In other updates on vaccine deployment –

USA Today: Vaccinated, angry: Experts say insults won’t motivate the unvaccinated

Public health experts told USA TODAY the anger is understandable, widespread and unproductive. They fear that blaming and blaming the unvaccinated could backfire – reinforcing their decision rather than persuading them to get vaccinated. The only way to end the death and suffering of COVID-19 is to immunize millions of Americans. Warrants can help, but slurs, anger, and contempt are widely seen as a terrible way to get people to get vaccinated. “If you want to call me an idiot… that’s no encouragement,” Stephanie McClure, assistant professor of biocultural medical anthropology at the University of Alabama, told USA TODAY. . “(Shannon, 6/8)

The Washington Post: Jennifer Aniston and other celebrities endorse vaccines. Experts say their pleas may not help.

Jennifer Aniston is best known for her role in “Friends,” but these days the actress is avoiding some members of her entourage who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus. Last week, her InStyle interview made headlines after telling the magazine that people have a “moral and professional obligation to tell” others about their immunization status. … Starry photo ops and high-profile vaccine recommendations have become an important part of public health messages in the age of the pandemic. Politicians, celebrities, athletes and religious leaders have encouraged others to get vaccinated and follow scientific advice with varying results – from helpful to ineffective to harmful, one researcher claiming friends and neighbors are the most successful agents for change. (Paul, 8/8)

The Washington Post: Latin American vaccination rates are high in one county in Maryland. A cartoon grandmother helped.

Devora Guerrero, a coronavirus awareness volunteer in Montgomery County, saw five members of her family, including her grandmother, contract the virus last year. She herself tested positive in December – and despite everything, Guerrero was afraid of getting the shot. Friends of the 23-year-old had almost convinced her that the vaccine was not safe, but then she met Abuelina. This animated character commissioned by the Montgomery County Latino Health Initiative (LHI), Por Nuestra Salud y Bienestar, a community partner focused on reaching out to the Latino population, reminded Guerrero of her own abuela – a short, hardworking Chilean and 74 year old wise man. old grandmother. (Laï, 8/8)

The Washington Post: Marjorie Taylor Greene fans applauded low vaccination rates in Alabama, which threw away 65,000 doses

As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations increased in Alabama, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Mentioned the country’s lowest vaccination rate during a political fundraiser, drawing cheers from the public in a video posted this week. Days after the video was released, the state health official said officials had thrown away more than 65,000 coronavirus vaccines that had expired, citing low demand that experts attributed in part to the politicization of the vaccine. Alabama has the lowest vaccination rate in the country, followed closely by Mississippi, according to data compiled by the Washington Post. (Kornfield and Wang, 8/7)

KHN: ‘The Queen of Vaccination’: Nurse Practitioner Takes House-to-House Photos of Covid in Puerto Rico

Abigail Matos-Pagán walked into a bright blue house in Mayagüez earlier this summer and was greeted by Beatriz Gastón, who quietly paved the way for her mother’s tiny bedroom. Matos-Pagán had come to provide a vaccine against covid-19 to Wildelma Gastón, 88, whose arthritis and other health problems confined her to bed. Wildelma Gastón requested that her rosary be placed on her chest and motioned to her “good arm”, where Matos-Pagán injected a first dose of the Moderna vaccine. The Gastón house, made up of five family members, breathed a collective sigh of relief. Although the vaccine has been available for months, Wildelma was unable to reach a vaccination site. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID Data Tracker, Puerto Rico’s vaccination rate in March was one of the lowest among U.S. states and territories despite receiving more than 1.3 million doses of the vaccine. The deployment highlighted disparities in access to medical services and the challenges of tracking and reaching remote citizens, such as Wildelma. (Almy and Carter, 8/9)

In other vaccine news –

Stat: WHO expert on why rush for Covid-19 boosters may be premature

When the World Health Organization called last week for a moratorium on booster injections of Covid-19, except in rare circumstances, she said she feared rich countries would start giving to their populations a third dose before those most at risk for the disease – health workers and the elderly – in many countries, get their first. But Kate O’Brien, WHO director of immunization, vaccination and biologics, recently insisted on one more reason: providing booster shots without strong evidence that the shots are needed is misguided. “If we’re not really grounded in that clarity, we’re going to be in a place where we will forever have uncertainty about what should be done,” she warned. (Branswell, 8/9)

NPR: Can COVID vaccines cause temporary menstrual changes? The research aims to discover

Sore arms. Headache. Mild fevers. These are some of the expected side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine – a sign the body is building an immune response and learning to fend off the new coronavirus. But thousands of people in the United States believe they may have had other side effects that drugmakers and doctors never warn them about: unexpected changes in their menstrual cycles. While many researchers and gynecologists say a causal link has yet to be established between the vaccines and the reported changes, that hasn’t stopped some people from worrying. And so far, scientists haven’t collected much data on whether or how vaccines might affect a menstrual period. (Mistfiel, 8/9)

KHN: Journalists assess latest wave of Covid and nation’s vaccination effort

KHN freelance writer Mark Kreidler explained why professional athletes aren’t playing a more assertive role in promoting covid vaccines on Newsy Tuesday. … KHN Midwest correspondent Cara Anthony discussed masking warrants, vaccine efficacy and groundbreaking covid cases on Monday’s “The 21st Show” on Illinois state media. (8/7)

This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of coverage of health policies by major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.

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