Beware of COVID Vaccine Scams

March 19, 2021


County of SLO health officials are getting reports of scams involving COVID-19 vaccines & remind residents: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers are using telemarketing calls, email, text messages, social media platforms, & door-to-door visits to perpetrate COVID-19 vaccination-related fraud/scams.

HOW TO SPOT COVID VACCINE SCAMS – watch for these signs:

  • Being asked to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine sooner.
  • Requirements to provide credit card information for “shipping purposes.”
  • Charging a fee to gain access to a vaccine or to add a person’s name to a vaccine waiting list.
  • Offers by marketers to sell or ship doses of vaccine for payment.
  • Receiving ads or surveys for vaccines through social media platforms or unfamiliar email addresses.
  • Claims of FDA approval for a vaccine or treatment of which you’ve never heard

“The vaccine brings great promise that we will soon be able to return back to a more normal life. Unfortunately, some people want to take advantage of people’s desire to get vaccinated for their own criminal benefit.” Dr. Penny Borenstein, County Health Officer

If you are unsure a message you receive is legitimate, reach out to family, friends, or the SLO County Phone Assistance Center (805) 543-2444,  where a staff member will help you determine if it is real or a scam.

Read more about this issue: SLO County’s Health Agency

Stay up to date on vaccines & more: CHC’s COVID-19 Patient Resource Center

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