Healthcare workers forging Covid-19 vaccinaton cards, bragging about it on TikTok: 'Beyond unprofessional'
Becca Walker and Savannah Sparks have posted more than half a dozen TikTok videos since Monday, outing healthcare workers who've spoken about forging or attempting to forge vaccine cards
Several healthcare workers are reportedly forging vaccine cards in order to pass themselves off as vaccinated, says a report.
TikTok user "hann.brooke95" wasn't really shy about sharing the smallest details of her life with her 19,400 followers before she wiped her page on Tuesday. She frequently posted videos of herself cooking while breastfeeding, opening a can of beans for nachos, and even the process of transferring her license as a pharmacy tech from Florida to Illinois. She did it all on Tiktok: from filling out the application, to affixing a return address label and stamp on the envelope, to dropping it off in the mailbox outsider her house, the Daily Beast reported.
The TikToker might have continued sharing posting every minute detail about her life if she hadn't used the platform to boast about stealing blank Covid-19 vaccination cards from her job in order to make herself and her husband appear vaccinated. “I work at a pharmacy and grabbed blank ones for me and my hubby,” she reportedly brazenly wrote in the comments of another user’s TikTok about fake vaccination cards.
Fellow users Becca Walker and Savannah Sparks were quick to realize what was going on. They proceeded to zoom in on that return address label and were able to match the public records for Hannah Brooke Hutchinson, 25, a registered pharmacy tech in Illinois. Sparks told the Daily Beast she reported Hutchison to the Illinois Board of Pharmacy that had granted her license.
“I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to steal from your job. And I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to steal blank vaccination papers for COVID-19 to falsify information and claim that you and your husband were vaccinated when in actuality you were not,” Walker said in a TikTok post, calling her out.
“Stop hating on me! I don’t care what any of you think. I did what is best for my husband and I," Hutchison wrote shortly before she wiped her TikTok.
Sparks, who is herself a pharmacist in Biloxi, Mississippi, noted to The Daily Beast that "very sick people come into pharmacies, so when you have a pharmacy employee lying about being vaccinated, everyone there is at risk."
That said, Hutchison is barely the first healthcare professional who has tried to fake her vaccination. This is reportedly an ongoing trend that could have major implications for vulnerable Americans seeking their services.
Walker and Sparks have posted more than half a dozen TikTok videos since Monday, outing healthcare workers who've spoken about forging or attempting to forge vaccine cards. Furthermore, they claim to have received dozens of more tips that are yet to be verified. “It’s overwhelming,” Sparks told the outlet.
Several health experts agree with Walker and Sparks, one of them being Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious disease at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
“I’m just sitting here flummoxed, thinking about the implications of it all,” he told the Daily Beast “Anyone who works in the health-care environment obviously contributes to the safety of the environment, which is their own safety, their colleagues’ safety as well as the patients they serve.”
Schaffer said those caught forging vaccination cards would likely lose their jobs and destroy their careers.
“We’re trying to make the whole health-care environment a Covid-free zone and by undermining that in a deliberate fashion, that’s beyond unprofessional. It’s profoundly unethical and contrary to whatever oath a health-care worker took when they accepted their degree. I would imagine there would be implications at the licensing level," he insisted.