As COVID-19 continues to spread worldwide, it has become commonplace for establishments to require vaccination cards to enter.
Though the vaccine is now more widely accepted, many still refuse to take it. Despite this, there are people who still want to go places without the vaccine. As a result, there have been people making fake vaccination cards. These counterfeit vaccination cards are being purchased by the unvaccinated who still want to go places. This ultimately causes more harm than good as there are unvaccinated people cheating the system and not getting the vaccine to protect themselves and those they may come in contact with.
A Chicago pharmacist, Tangtang Zhao, 34, was recently arrested after it was discovered that he was selling vaccination cards on eBay. According to NBC Chicago, the pharmacist sold 125 cards for $10 each. It’s believed that the cards were stolen from his place of work.
This pharmacist is likely the first of many to be caught committing this crime and an example will be made out of him, especially because he worked in a pharmacy. Purchasing or selling fake vaccination cards isn’t working because there are major consequences, such as being arrested. According to reports by NBC, if Zhao is convicted he could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison per count, a fine of $250,000, and three years of supervised release. Is having a fake card really worth all that?
If you aren’t vaccinated, get the vaccine. If you choose to not get the vaccine, you’re also choosing to not have the ability to enter some establishments.
It probably goes without saying, but don’t buy or sell vaccination cards. Do your part to make case numbers decrease. Get vaccinated, wear a mask or face covering, wash and sanitize your hands, and maintain distance from others whenever possible.
By Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Columbia College Chicago
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