A woman from Ho Chi Minh City has been arrested for illegally selling slots for COVID-19 vaccination and pocketing over VND60 million (US$2,600).
Officers under the municipal Department of Public Security confirmed on Saturday evening they had apprehended and initiate legal proceedings against Le Thi Kim Dung, a 32-year-old resident in District 4, for “abusing influence over people with positions and powers for personal gain.”
Dung previously used her Facebook account named Kim Zunf to advertise the provision of COVID-19 vaccination service in Ho Chi Minh City.
Police then launched an investigation and caught the woman red-handed organizing the vaccination of two people at an inoculation site established inside a kindergarten in District 11.
At the police station, Dung said she was able to arrange and provide COVID-19 vaccination for others thanks to her connections.
She charged VND2-4 million ($87-175) per dose.
People who wanted to use this service were required to text Dung their information and wire their payment.
Preliminary information showed that the woman had arranged inoculation for 21 people in District 11 and earned more than VND60 million ($2,600).
Further investigation is ongoing.
COVID-19 vaccination in Vietnam is currently provided for residents free of charge, while competent authorities have yet to allow any paid COVID-19 inoculation service.