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Healthcare workers brag about TikTok about forging Vax cards
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway / The Daily Beast Before wiping her page on Tuesday, TikTok user hann.brooke95 hadn’t been shy about sharing even the mundane details of her life with her 19,400 followers – can of beans she used for nachos and even the tedious process of moving her pharmacy technician license from Florida to Illinois, from filling out the application to putting a return address label and stamp on the envelope, to putting it in the mailbox, and the flow of mundane bits and pieces might have continued if she hadn’t also bragged TikTok about stealing COVID-19 vaccination cards from her job so she and her husband could pose as vaccinated. “I work in a pharmacy and grabbed bills for myself and my husband,” she wrote in the comments on another user’s TikTok about fake vaccination cards. It didn’t take long for co-users Becca Walker and Savannah Sparks to enlarge the return address label and match the name and address to the public records of Hannah Brooke Hutchinson, 25, who is an Illinois registered pharmacy technician. Sparks then reported her to the same Illinois Board of Pharmacy that had just granted her license. The Illinois Board of Pharmacy told The Daily Beast that it is not commenting on the investigation: “I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t be stealing from your job. And I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t be stealing blank COVID-19 vaccination papers to falsify information and claim that you and your husband were vaccinated when in fact you weren’t, ”Walker said in a TikTok den she called women put their abortions on TikTok – but is it real? Hutchinson did not respond to multiple phone calls and texts sent to numbers associated with her and her boyfriend. But after Walker and Sparks posted TikToks about her, Hutchinson deleted her TikTok and deleted her Instagram and Facebook accounts. However, The Daily Beast was able to review the enlarged image and independently validate Hutchinson’s details, including her pharmacy technician license, through public records. Just before wiping her TikTok, she wrote, “Stop hating me! I don’t care what either of you thinks. I’ve done what’s best for my husband and me. “Hours later, she posted another TikTok claiming to be a 16 year old girl in the UK and doing an experiment on her father who is a filmmaker. But the TikToks, which were a year ago, were tracking her husband’s Facebook page, which was also deleted. There she appeared to be a mother in her twenties. “People who are very sick come to pharmacies, so if a pharmacy employee lies, everyone there is at risk of being vaccinated,” Sparks, a pharmacist in Biloxi, Mississippi, told The Daily Beast. “I don’t want her in my job.” But Hutchinson is far from the only health professional seemingly trying to make its way into the vaccinated world, a trend that could have a huge impact on the vulnerable Americans these employees serve on Monday, Walker and Sparks collectively posted more than half a dozen TikTok videos calling health care workers who talked online about counterfeiting or attempting to counterfeit vaccination cards. And they say other users sent them dozens more tips that they couldn’t review. “It’s overwhelming,” said Sparks. And public health experts warn that it is incredibly dangerous: “I just sit here in amazement and think about the effects of it all,” said Dr. William Schaffner, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. “Everyone who works in health care obviously contributes to the safety of the environment. This is their own safety, the safety of their colleagues, and the safety of the patients they care for.” if not their career. “We are trying to make the entire healthcare environment a COVID-free zone and by deliberately undermining this it is beyond unprofessional. It is deeply unethical and contradicts the oath a healthcare worker took when he graduated. I would imagine there would be an impact on the licensing level. “However, fear of professional reprisals has not stopped some healthcare workers from turning the taboo subject of vaccine hesitation into food that is hunting for clout. Texas nurse Courtney Long wrote, “Can I pay you to send me a pair?” Followed by a crying, laughing emoji. Sparks was able to identify Long from the Instagram profile Long had on her TikTok, where she talked about being a nurse, and a linked Facebook profile under the name Courtney Renee Long, where she also talked about being a nurse . Courtney Renee Long is identified as a licensed practical nurse on the Texas Board of Nursing’s website. “Is that you, Miss LPN?” Sparks said in a TikTok that she called Long. “Ah, yes, the Texas Board of Nursing will see all of this.” Sparks said she reported Long to the Texas Board of Nursing. When contacted by The Daily Beast’s board, it said it would not comment on the investigation. The Daily Beast made a number of attempts to reach Long using a number related to family members’ phone numbers and Pinterest. This was the only social media account in her name that still existed as of Saturday. Calls to a number associated with her name and address were not returned. Parks and Walker said they also called and reported an oncology nurse in Alabama, a trauma nurse at a children’s hospital in Philadelphia, and a receptionist at an asthma clinic. Wisconsin Pharmacist Accused Of Tainting COVID Vaccine Thought It Could Alter People’s DNA: Cops When it comes as a surprise that there is resistance to vaccines among medical professionals, even with strong scientific backgrounds, Schaffer is merely showing how many Americans are Still Vaccine Resistant Three months after the first bumps fell into the arms of frontline health workers. In February, a survey of experts from the universities of Northwestern, Northeastern, Rutgers and Harvard found that 21 percent of healthcare workers surveyed did not want to be vaccinated. The hesitation, which indicates skepticism about the vaccine, but not a complete unwillingness to get vaccinated, was 37 percent. “There are large numbers who are not only indifferent to the vaccine, but also disdainful, they just won’t get it. And these are the remains of a political approach to Covid under the last administration, ”said Schaffner. “It’s hard to break that bell.” Of course, healthcare workers are not alone among the anti-Vaxxers trying to be considered vaccinated, and on Thursday the Inspector General’s office warned those who have been vaccinated not to post pictures of their vaccination cards online, as always more counterfeit cards are vaccinated. As more Americans get vaccinated, anti-Vaxxers have turned to social media to fuel fears of a Biden-ruled future where those without vaccination cards will be turned away from restaurants, hospitals, and even Target. “When they issue a card to check that you are vaccinated, it seems there is a reason for it. You may not be able to go shopping, travel, buy underwear, ”wrote TikTok user truevalor469 from a deck chair earlier this month. “Hmm. Sounds like the beginning. “The backlash against the Walker and Sparks crusade to expose anti-Vaxxer healthcare workers at TikTok has been harsh. On Wednesday, Sparks changed her phone number after another TikTok user found her and harassed her. The threats were so severe that she was forced to make a statement on her company website on Friday and close the evaluation area. So far, there aren’t any government requirements to have a vaccination card, and Schaffner said he hasn’t heard from any private company that either needs it for their employees or for customers. Yesterday, Rutgers University in New Jersey was the first college to have students vaccinated, but Schaffner said fears, however widespread, are exaggerated for the time being: “By misrepresenting yourself, you simply avoid a lot of controversy “, he said. “So you are doing this reprehensible thing to avoid discomfort and to have to explain yourself and be responsible for your actions.” Walker suspects that some of the users are not so serious about faking their vaccinations as chasing the punch The taboo subject brings up, “When you put up a TikTok that says, ‘Oh, I don’t want to be vaccinated. Sell me a vaccination card, “that’s 100,000 automatic calls,” Walker told The Daily Beast. Anti-Vaxxers are waging a gruesome war on pregnant women who received COVID ShotOne TikTok user named linds3r, “I have a template if you want” and later, “lol I did 8 of them this far front and back.” This user, Lindsey Stauffer, says on Facebook that she is a medical accounting clerk in the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. She also makes and sells anti-Biden and pro-Trump shirts from her Facebook page, which features several of the same images from her TikTok. Reached by The Daily Beast, Stauffer admitted writing the posts but denied making eight cards. “I didn’t write about doing it. I said I know where you can get one. You can now go to Google and get pictures of it yourself, ”Stauffer told The Daily Beast. “I’m not doing anything. Anyone can access it. “Stauffer also denied living in Lebanon, despite the phone number used to reach their lists using this as their address. She declined to work for the VA despite listing them as her employer on Facebook. (The Federal Office’s Veterans Affairs did not immediately respond to requests for comment.) Stauffer also said she had already been vaccinated. “Then why should I have to do it?” She told The Daily Beast. But even when medical professionals joke about falsifying their vaccination, it can cause problems. “When people hear that healthcare workers are doing this, it undermines public confidence in them and their facilities and their ability to protect them,” Schaffner said. Read more at The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.