Beware Coronavirus Vaccine Scams
Believe it or not, there is a light at the end of the socially distanced tunnel. After months of trials, the FDA has approved two vaccines for the coronavirus.
Don’t like getting needles stuck in your arm? No worries. You may not be getting that shot for a while. That’s due to a whole lot of rules and guidelines about who gets the vaccine first, and there’s nothing you can do to change that.
The really bad news, though, is that those low-down scammers want to make you think otherwise. Yes, they’re back, and this time, they’re using news of the vaccines to get to you and your wallet.
Here’s what you need to know:
Long distribution process
The public is jumping all over each other in excitement for the vaccine — but the government is taking this whole process slowly, and there’s no way to pay under the table to cut to the head of the line. Expect a drawn-out distribution that may take months. If someone asks you for money to get your vaccine sooner, run the other way. Yes, it’s a scam.
DON’T pay money for the promise of getting your vaccine sooner.
Only through verified sources
Mama taught you not to take candy from strangers, and you shouldn’t be taking shots from them either. The COVID-19 vaccine will only be distributed through doctors — and we’re talking about the MD type. This is one item you can’t order on Amazon, even if you have Prime.
DON’T get your vaccine through an internet retailer.
Are you covered? If so, you’ll get your shot at no charge. All insured Americans can expect to get their vaccine for free.
DON’T pay for a COVID-19 vaccine.
No need to share information
Private information should be kept that way. There’s no need to share your Social Security number or financial account details to get your shot.
DON’T share personal info with an unknown contact.
So far, only vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have been given the thumbs-up by the FDA. A vaccine approval is big news; if the FDA says yes to any more vaccines, expect to see it in the headlines.
DON’T agree to receive a vaccine you haven’t heard of or read about.