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Protect yourself from vaccine scams

A man looks up, thinking, with a hand on his chin. Scammers always look for new ways to steal someone's money or identity. Now some swindlers may try to trick people who are eager to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

The more you know about getting a COVID-19 vaccine, the harder it may be for a scammer to take advantage of you. Here are three key facts everyone should know from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Trade Commission:

1. You don't have to pay to get a vaccine. The vaccines are free to everyone in the U.S. Your provider may bill your insurance for an administration fee. But you shouldn't have to pay for access. For instance, it's a scam if someone wants a fee to put you on a vaccine list or to make a vaccine appointment for you.

2. You can't buy COVID-19 vaccines online. Some vaccine centers may allow you to schedule an appointment online. But you can only get vaccinated at an official vaccine center by a trained medical expert.

To find out where, when and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Call your state or local health department or visit their website.
  • Call your doctor or pharmacy.

3. You shouldn't share photos of your vaccine card online. Your vaccine card has personal information, including your full name and date of birth. Sharing a picture of it on social media could open you up to identity theft. If you want to celebrate getting vaccinated, why not share a picture of your vaccination sticker instead?

Knowledge is power

Knowing the facts about COVID-19 vaccines helps protect more than just your money. It can help keep you healthy too. Check out a few myths and facts about COVID-19 vaccines.

Reviewed 4/20/2021

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