Stay Alert for COVID-19 Vaccine Scams!

COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out and that’s great news! While we eagerly anticipate vaccine distribution, please stay alert for COVID-19 vaccine scams.

Here’s how to avoid a vaccine-related scam:

  • The vaccine will most likely be free (given the public health emergency) so be highly skeptical of any email or communication requesting money in exchange for the vaccine.
  • You can’t pay to put your name on a list or get early access to the vaccine.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care provider will contact you for your Social Security number, credit card or bank account information.
  • Stay alert for providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus.
  • ALWAYS check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.

Additionally, be highly skeptical of emails that create a sense of urgency or fear and persuade you to click on a link or open an attachment like the following. 

  • “CLICK here/OPEN this attachment to learn about the potential side effects of the vaccine!”
  • “CLICK here/OPEN this attachment to hear real stories of allergic reactions to the vaccine!”
  • “CLICK here/OPEN this attachment to get early access to the vaccine!”

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