COVID-19 Vaccine Scammers Are Here
Health Editor’s Note: COVID-19 vaccine scams have begun. Sadly, there is always someone or someones who will try to exploit others for money, often during a time of crisis. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in total crisis mode. The issue of COVID-19 vaccines is no different. If someone calls you and asks for your SS number or other personal information, hang up immediately. First vaccines are being given to healthcare workers and those in nursing homes. There is a protocol of who is to receive the vaccine and in what order. Only discuss your vaccine with your healthcare provider, medical provider, or pharmacy.
You will not be asked for money to get you to the top of the vaccine list. Government and state officials will not ask for highly personal information, such as your SS number.
Scamsters will try to pressure you to respond/act fast. Always check with a legitimate health center professional before receiving or paying for any COVID-19 related treatment.
We will all wait our turn in the vaccination queue as more vaccine doses become available. In the meantime practice all safety measures as if your life depends on it, because….well, it does. Wear the mask over nose and mouth when outside your home, stay physically distanced for anyone you do not live with, wash your hands all the time, especially before touching your face, mouth, eyes, nose, stay away from any group no matter how small, stay home if you are sick, stay away from anyone who is sick, do not travel, stay home for the upcoming holidays, and do not give the virus another person to infect. Until we have the vaccine (two doses for Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines and these are the only vaccines that are approved for Emergency Use at this time), all we have are our medical safety measures….Carol