Don’t try this at home — and certainly not in Hawaii.
An Illinois woman was arrested in Hawaii and now faces a year in jail and a $5,000 fine after she was caught entering the Aloha State with a fake COVID-19 vaccination card.
A huge red flag: the card claimed that she received the “Maderna” vaccine , as opposed to the Moderna MRNA, +3.52% vaccine, according to court documents reviewed by HawaiiNewsNow.This led “Maderna” to start trending on Twitter TWTR, +1.63% on Wednesday, with more than 14,000 tweets before noon ET.
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Chloe Mrozak, 24, was arrested at Oahu’s Daniel K.Inouy International Airport on Sunday, and is being held on $2,000 bail.
State investigators were tipped off that she may have uploaded false documents under the state’s Safe Travels Program in order to skip traveler quarantine rules, which require unvaccinated visitors to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.
This mandatory quarantine program — as well as the islands being fairly isolated — helped Hawaii to keep its COVID-19 cases relatively low throughout the pandemic.But like many places, the state has seen a spike in cases driven by the delta variant.Honolulu now requires anyone visiting restaurants, bars, museums, theaters and other establishments to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test , and Gov.David Ige has asked visitors and residents not to travel to Hawaii , except on essential business..