Covid-19 Scam Alert from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
Some facts to know to avoid scammers:
- You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.
- You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
- You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine.
- No one from Medicare or the Health Department will contact you.
- No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
- Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus.
- Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.
- If you get a call, text, email – or even someone knocking on your door – claiming that they can get you early access to the vaccine, STOP. That’s a scam.
If you have any questions related to covid-19 vaccine fraud, contact Marissa Whitehouse, Program Manager, Senior Medicare Patrol, Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 202-795-7425, Marissa.Whitehouse@acl.hhs.gov.