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Posted on: December 15, 2020

Beware COVID-19 Vaccination Scams

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Coronavirus vaccines are not yet available to the general public, and they likely won’t be until the spring of 2021. When they become available, they will be free. In Chicago, vaccinations are expected to start this week (December 14-18). It will start with a first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, which will arrive this week and will be distributed among the city’s hospitals. The vaccine will first go to health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

Unfortunately, scammers are already calling people and falsely claiming they can avoid long lines and pay $79.99 for a vaccine dose now, according to Better Business Bureau. The scammers are trying to steal people’s money and personal information.

Here’s how you can spot and avoid a vaccine scam, according to the group:

  • Do not buy any kind of COVID-19 vaccine or treatment from the internet or an online pharmacy.
  • Research carefully: Scammers call and text people, send them message on social media or will even go door to door. Be skeptical and do not respond to them.
  • Check with your doctor: If you want a vaccine early, contact your doctor, primary health care provider or local health department about your options.
  • Ignore calls for immediate action: Scammers will try to get you to act quickly before you can think about what you’re doing. Do not do that.
  • Double check URLs: Scammers use official-looking URLS — or website addresses — in their scams. But only a URL that ends in .gov is from the United States government. When in doubt, perform a separate internet search for the website.

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