Police investigate stolen COVID vaccination cards and N95 masks from Pennsylvania hospital – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police are investigating an apparent robbery at a Pennsylvania hospital. Investigators say blank COVID-19 vaccination cards and N95 masks were stolen from the hospital.

Philadelphia police are working to find out who stole blank vaccination cards and N95 masks from a storage room at the Hospital of Pennsylvania vaccination clinic on South 8th Street.

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Detectives are investigating whether one of the hospital’s own employees stole the items.

The clinic’s senior director reported the missing items on January 25. All hospital staff have access to the storage room. According to the police, there were no signs of a break-in.

“It’s crazy. There are so many people who need these items and you know someone who might be working there stealing this, it’s like you never know who you can trust,” said Philadelphia resident Abby Baker.

Law enforcement officials say fake vaccination cards are a hot commodity on the black market.

Philadelphia restaurants are required to ask customers to show proof of vaccination before they are allowed to sit down and eat.

“When people walk in there and say they’re fully vaccinated and they’re not, that increases the risk to everyone in that restaurant,” James Garrow said.

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Garrow is a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Health, which has distributed more than three million vaccination cards to people who got vaccinated.

“The health department keeps all of our vaccines and ancillary vaccine supplies, like vaccine cards, under lock and key,” Garrow said, “but we understand that we distribute the vaccine and all these things like vaccine cards to our partners, they may not have the capacity to do so.

Eyewitness News asked the police and Penn Medicine if there was surveillance video of the theft, but neither provided it.

Police say the exact number of masks and shooting cards that were stolen is unknown.

Penn Medicine said in a statement, “Safety and security are top priorities at all of our facilities. When this issue was discovered, we promptly reported it to the Philadelphia Police Department and are cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation.

The health department says it’s hard to tell fake vaccination cards from real ones, so sometimes inspectors offer tips to restaurants to help them tell counterfeits apart.

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The Health Department also recommends that restaurants ask customers for ID to ensure that the name on the ID matches the name on the vaccination card.

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