This awful pandemic has caused more than its fair share of problems. As we’ve come to understand, contracting the coronavirus is only one of the many major issues facing society. Over the past year and a half, people have become polarized by the ways in which they handle the pandemic. Many insist upon wearing masks, washing their hands and practicing social distancing. Many others feel there is no reason to follow any of these protocols.
Now, with the recent vaccination rollout, the division grows greater. To many, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is a mandatory undertaking in order to dig ourselves out of this crisis. To many others, vaccines are not only unnecessary, but they are actually more dangerous than the virus itself. We’re saddened that this situation adds yet another major divide between the people of our nation.
The question of whether or not to vaccinate is dividing the country.
Over the past several weeks, there has been much talk about what people should and shouldn’t be allowed to do. Generally, the restrictions are proposed for those who are unvaccinated. Again, there are two trains of thought here. On one side, you have those who believe that being vaccinated keeps all of society safe. On the other side, you have those who believe their rights and freedoms are being impinged upon if they are forced to vaccinate.
As well, the latter group feels discriminated against when certain laws are suggested. Should the unvaccinated portion of our population be allowed into restaurants, night clubs and sporting events? Is it safer for us all to insist that attendees of any public event show proof of vaccination? Well, believe it or not, this debate has led to an all-new form of health care fraud.
A pharmacist has been arrested for selling COVID-19 vaccination cards.
As reported by the United States Department of Justice this week, 34 year-old Tangtang Zhao has been arrested. The Chicago-based pharmacist is accused of selling dozens of authentic Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination cards on eBay. According to court documents, Zhao pulled off this scheme in March and April of this year.
Allegedly, he sold 125 authentic CDC vaccination cards to 11 different buyers for approximately $10 per card. As a licensed pharmacist, Zhao worked for Company 1. It is a pharmacy that distributes and administers COVID-19 vaccines at its physical locations nationwide. As the CDC requires, Company 1 provides CDC Vaccination Record Cards to each vaccine recipient.
Zhao illegally obtained authentic CDC vaccination cards.
With the cards in his possession, Zhao took to the internet to illegally sell the cards. As part of the indictment, Zhao has been charged with 12 counts of theft of government property. He made his court appearance this past Tuesday. Zhao faces a sentence of 10 years in prison per count if he is convicted.
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