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Pharmacist gave out vaccine cards but no shots, order says

July 15, 2021 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah pharmacist has been stripped of his license and fined after acknowledging he gave people COVID-19 vaccination cards without administering the vaccine.

The pharmacist said he was giving six reluctant patients “a choice,” the Salt Lake Tribune reported from a stipulation order.

In one case, surveillance video showed him taking a vial of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from a refrigerator, recording the manufacturer’s lot number on the vaccine card and giving the card to the patient — but he did not prepare a syringe or administer the vaccine.

He told investigators had done the same with a “handful of others … maybe five” when he believed they were apprehensive about the vaccine.

He also allowed a pharmacy technician to give misleading information to a patient, the order stated.

He also paid a $2,000 fine, according to a stipulation order.