Misspelling of Moderna leads to Illinois woman’s arrest in Hawaii


FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2020, file photo, a woman walks into the international airport in Honolulu amid a quarantine rule that effectively shut down the tourism industry in the state. An Illinois woman submitted a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to visit Hawaii with a glaring spelling error that led to her arrest: Moderna was spelled “Maderna,” according to court documents. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

HONOLULU (AP) — Court documents say a 24-year-old Illinois woman submitted a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to visit Hawaii that misspelled Moderna.

The documents says she uploaded the card to the state’s Safe Travels program and arrived in Honolulu on Aug. 23. Screeners noticed the vaccine was misspelled as “Maderna.”

Officials say the card listed that she was vaccinated in Delaware, but an official there confirmed there was no vaccination record for her. She was arrested at the Honolulu airport on Aug. 28.

She couldn’t immediately be reached for comment after a judge released her Wednesday.

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