Niagara County Sheriff warns of COVID vaccine scams


MIAMI, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 15: A healthcare worker at the Jackson Health Systems receives a Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine from Susana Flores Villamil, RN from Jackson Health Systems, at the Jackson Memorial Hospital on December 15, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Jackson Memorial Hospital began the vaccination of frontline healthcare workers joining with hospital systems around the country as the COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office shared information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on how people can avoid COVID-19 vaccine scams.

1. You most likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.

2. You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.

3. You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine.

4. No one from Medicare or the Health Department will contact you to acquire a dose.

5. 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 for the vaccine.

6. 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.

7. If you get a call, text, email — or even someone knocking on your door — claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, STOP. That’s a scam.

8. You should only get a vaccine from a trusted source, like a doctor.

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Instances of attempted fraud can be reported to the Administration for Community Living. If you have questions, NYS Senior Medicare Patrol may be able to help. They can be reached by calling (800) 333-4374.

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here.

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