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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — With limited vaccine supplies, we’re hearing more stories of people gaming the system and jumping the vaccine line.

Now some are reportedly taking advantage of vaccination sites that don’t require proof of eligibility.

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Vaccine line jumping is a problem nationwide — from the wealthy paying for doses before they’re eligible to people misusing vaccine codes that were intended for underserved communities.

“It’s whack-a-mole every single day,” Governor Newsom said this week.

He said he witnessed it firsthand at an East Los Angeles clinic.

“I was down in East L.A. the other day at a public housing site exclusively Latino, and saw these Audis pull up, folks that look like me, wondering what was going on,” Newsom said.

He explained that people had used vaccine codes to get appointments that were intended specifically for underserved communities. The state says it’s re-working the vaccine code system to address the issue.

But CBS13 has learned that others are now gaming the vaccine system, no code or money needed, thanks to pharmacy chains and clinics that simply aren’t checking for eligibility.

A viewer recently alerted us that Walgreens was vaccinating people based solely on how they filled out an online eligibility form, without verifying that the people were actually eligible.

The viewer pointed to multiple acquaintances who were vaccinated but were not eligible.

CBS13 confirmed that anyone can sign up for a vaccine appointment at Walgreens by simply clicking “I meet my county’s eligibility requirements” and checking the box that says they provided accurate information.

While Walgreens does ask that you bring identification to your appointment, the pharmacy chain tells us:

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“The intent for asking for ID at the time of appointment is to confirm the person receiving a vaccine matches the individual who made the appointment online and attested to meeting the eligibility requirements outlined by the state or jurisdiction. We also ask them to confirm their attestation again in store to reconfirm they are eligible to receive a vaccine. Unless specifically required by a jurisdiction, we will not turn away individuals who do not produce an ID.”

Some who were vaccinated at Walgreens tell us they were not asked for ID.

It’s important to note because eligibility varies by county, some may not even realize they are cutting in line.

For instance, some counties are vaccinating food and agriculture workers, while others – like Sacramento County – are not yet.

Sacramento County spokesperson Janna Haynes says they do verify eligibility at their county clinics.

“We cannot control what outside entities are doing, the checks and balances that they have,” Haynes said.

She says the county clinics do turn people away who try to game the system — which is also problematic.

“That not only waste that appointment, it wastes time, it wastes resources,” Haynes said. “And now we have missed the dose for that appointment that we could have given to someone who needed it, who was eligible.”

She notes the line-cutters are taking appointments away from people who need them. There could be fatal consequences for those at the greatest risk.

“If they go through the process and somehow sneak in an appointment, that means someone else wasn’t able to get an appointment, someone who is a grandmother who might have a heart condition and who might come into contact with COVID and potentially pass away,” Haynes said.

Sacramento County announced Friday that it will be opening up vaccinations to food and agriculture workers next week. That will include restaurant workers.

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Drive-thru appointments for people who live or work in Sacramento County will be available at their McClellan Park location.

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Derek Chauvin’s murder charge is one small step in restoring some faith in the criminal justice system for many

THE death of George Floyd at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin was one of the most significant events of the century.

It set off the largest race demonstrations in history, with scenes of burning streets and Black Lives Matter banners being inescapable last summer.

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6Chauvin knelt down on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds during an arrest on Memorial Day last yearCredit: AP 6George Floyd's murder set off the largest race demonstrations in historyCredit: Refer to Caption

And we can now officially put a name to that fateful incident that set off this chain of events: Murder.

I’ve watched every day of the trial and found it absolutely gripping.

Chauvin’s lawyer did at times make a convincing argument that it wasn’t the knee on the neck that killed Floyd.

After all, Floyd was found with a high level of drugs in his system — said by medical experts to have been enough to cause an overdose. He also had an enlarged heart due to other medical conditions.

But ultimately, the only thing you need to know is that Derek Chauvin continued to kneel on the neck of a man who had already stopped breathing, for three minutes and 27 seconds. That is surely monstrous, and I’m glad he will pay for his crime.

The state’s lawyer put it perfectly — George Floyd didn’t die because his heart was too big, but because Derek Chauvin’s heart was too small.

And that’s the crux of this historic moment: that the police force in America is too heavy- handed, too fatal, and that too many mistakes are made that result in death.

This issue is much bigger than Derek Chauvin, though his conviction is a small victory for police accountability.

6Cars were set on fire during outrage over the murder of George FloydCredit: AP 6Crowds celebrate as Derek Chauvin's found guilty of murdering George FloydCredit: Reuters

Accountability because a 17-year-old bystander’s decision to record Derek Chauvin’s actions and show them to the world helped bring about justice.

Accountability because, for the first time in Minnesota history, the entire trial was televised.

Accountability because, in an exceptionally rare move, Chauvin’s own colleagues — not least his own police chief — testified against him.

If this conviction sends just one message to police officers, it is that the world is well and truly watching. The clock seems to be ticking on bad cops.
But I also can’t shake the feeling of uneasiness about this moment.

Firstly, I have a bad feeling that the conviction will be thrown out on appeal and declared to be a mistrial. The jury were not sequestered (meaning they were not kept away from outside influences such as media coverage) during the trial.

This means Chauvin’s lawyers can argue that the jury were tainted.

I’m also uneasy because there’s a risk of America patting itself on the back and saying, “Job done”.

6Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughterCredit: AFP 6Chauvin is led away in handcuffs after he was found guilty of the murder of George FloydCredit: Reuters

That would be a mistake. The American problem of the police use of force is huge. Officers shoot and kill around 1,000 people a year. And in 2020 alone, 243 of those were black.

This is compared to 26 black deaths from any police contact in England and Wales over the past SIXTEEN years.

America has a mountain to climb when it comes to police brutality broadly, not least because evidence shows ethnic minority police officers can kill just as many black suspects as white officers.

So, while I am pleased at the trial’s outcome, I wouldn’t get my hopes up for major change just yet.

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Yes, Chauvin is behind bars (for now), but I’ll believe real change in US policing when I see it.

Chauvin’s murder charge is one small step in restoring some faith in the criminal justice system for many.

Whether it will be the giant leap for police conduct and accountability that is so needed is another question entirely.

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