'It's just unconscionable': State Rep. Jim Lucas shares link to blank vaccination cards
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Indiana State Representative Jim Lucas is facing some backlash after he shared an unofficial Amazon product on his Facebook page Friday evening.
Lucas linked to a pack of blank COVID-19 vaccination cards and wrote: “For those of you on the healthcare industry that may need these. For official use only!”
On Amazon, the product description reads: “Display Vaccination Card at Airlines for Quick Entry. Use and Reuse for a Health Record Keeper. Great for Teachers, Students, Nurses, Office Employees, Doctors, Government Official, Police, Volunteer and More.”
Multiple people online called out the lawmaker for appearing to encourage the purchase of fake cards, including Dr. Gabriel Bosslet, Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship director at Indiana University’s School of Medicine.
“Hey, @FBI,” he tweets, tagging the federal agency, “Probably worth looking into (this).”
Making or buying fake COVID-19 vaccination cards breaks the law and endangers people, a joint Department of Health and Human Services and FBI alert has previously warned. They also noted that unauthorized use of an official government agency’s seal, such as the CDC, is illegal.
“If you did not receive the vaccine, do not buy fake vaccine cards, do not make your own vaccine cards, and do not fill-in blank vaccination record cards with false information,” the alert says. “By misrepresenting yourself as vaccinated when entering schools, mass transit, workplaces, gyms, or places of worship, you put yourself and others around you at risk of contracting COVID-19.”
Lucas later told IndyStar his “official use” disclaimer indicated he wasn’t promoting the product for illegal or nefarious purposes.
He also added to his post: “I put this up to show how easy it is to bypass the insanity and even intentionally put a disclaimer at the end, thinking that would tell the idiots NOT to do it. Never underestimate the capacity of stupidity in some people is the lesson here!”
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Lucas’ message is “just unconscionable” and “very sad,” especially coming from an elected official, Bosslet said.
“He’s essentially trolling me and my health-care colleagues who have lived a year of hell in ICUs caring for patients with this disease and watching them die,” Bosslet said. “It makes a mockery out of what we’ve all sacrificed (not only) from a health care perspective, but what we’ve all sacrificed from a societal perspective for the last year.”
Earlier this week, Lucas, R-Seymour, joined other state Republican lawmakers to argue that Indiana University should not be able to require the COVID-19 vaccine for students and staff.
“Enforcing a mandate that students and faculty accept a vaccine that does not have full FDA approval is unconscionable,” their letter to Gov. Eric Holcomb stated.
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In March, Lucas’ Facebook exchange with a Black orthopedic surgeon in Houston, Texas led to accusations of racism and private conversations with Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston, though there were no indications Lucas had been reprimanded. Last May, his social media use got him removed from two committees and demoted in another. At the time, Lucas told IndyStar he had deactivated his Facebook page.
A request for comment from Amazon was not immediately returned Saturday.
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Published at Sat, 29 May 2021 18:53:23 +0000