A doctor is accused of stealing nine doses of the coronavirus vaccine to give to his family and friends, police say.
Dr Hasan Gokal has been charged with stealing a vial that contained the doses from a vaccination site in Houston, Texas on December 29.
A statement released by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg claims the theft took place at Harris County Public Health system where the medic work.
Prosecutors say a week after Dr Gokal stole the vial he bragged about the theft to a co-worker who then complained to his manager.
The doctor was later fired from his job.
Ms Ogg said Dr Gokal stole the doses to give them to his family and friends and the theft left meant the most vulnerable people were unable to be vaccinated.
She said: “He abused his position to place his friends and family in line in front of people who had gone through the lawful process to be there.
“What he did was illegal and he’ll be held accountable under the law.”
Paul Doyle, Dr Gokal's lawyer, defended his client saying the vaccine would have expired anyway.
He told KHOU11: “Dr Gokal is a dedicated public servant who ensured that COVID-19 vaccine dosages that would have otherwise expired went into the arms of people who met the criteria for receiving it.
“Harris County would have preferred Dr Gokal let the vaccines go to waste and are attempting to disparage this man’s reputation in the process to support this policy.
"We look forward to our day in court to right this wrong."
if convicted Gokal Dr faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 f(£2,950) fine.