Over the past few years, hospitals and colleges have announced vaccination requirements for staff as a condition of employment. This announcement was tied in part to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) requiring eligible healthcare providers have a vaccination policy in place.
The controversial move tied to the COVID pandemic led many to choose resignation…and others to take a less ideal option. There are instances of medical professionals throughout the country who choose to falsify their vaccination status to keep their job. But, upon discovery, the falsification can lead to its own set of consequences. This can include the potential for criminal and professional repercussions.
Falsification of COVID-19 vaccination status and criminal repercussions
In certain states, the falsification of COVID-19 vaccination status is a crime. In New York, for example, falsification of these records is a class E felony. The law covers falsified paper as well as computer records. Conviction can lead to financial penalties and potential imprisonment.
Falsification of COVID-19 vaccination status and professional repercussions
The New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions (OP) may choose to initiate an investigation for falsification for one’s own records or making false cards for another individual. A criminal conviction for the crime discussed could serve as justification for the investigation.
These allegations are serious. Depending on the results of the investigation, the OP could move forward with repercussions including a suspension or, in extreme cases, a revocation of one’s professional license.
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