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Chicago Pharmacist Sold 125 Real Vaccination Cards, Feds Allege

The pharmacist has been charged with 12 counts of theft of government property.

Vaccine cards, hand sanitizer and buttons sit on the table at a special COVID-19 vaccination event with live performances for arts & culture workers held at Theater Wit in Lakeview on May 21, 2021.
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CHICAGO — A Chicago pharmacist has been charged with selling 125 real vaccination cards on eBay, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

The pharmacist, 34-year-old Tangtang Zhao, has been charged with 12 counts of theft of government property. Zhao sold the cards to 11 buyers in late March through mid-April for about $10 per card, according to an indictment.

The indictment does not say where Zhao worked but described it as a national pharmacy chain. An online profile lists Zhao as working at a Walgreens in South Chicago.

The coronavirus vaccinations are free, do not require insurance and officials have said they are safe. They largely prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19.

Any Chicagoan 12 and older can now also get vaccinated at home and receive $25. Anyone can make an appointment through the program by calling 312-746-4835 or by going online.

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