Health officials: Older adults beware of COVID-19 vaccine scams

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Scams related to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are rapidly increasing as the public health emergency continues. Scammers are targeting older adults, using a variety of schemes tied to the pandemic.

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun, older adults should look to trusted resources for information such as the Health Department or their primary care doctor, according to public health officials at the Harnett County Health Department.

The vaccination rollout is broken into phases, with certain groups prioritized to receive the vaccine in each phase.

At the Health Department vaccinations will be provided by appointment. To schedule a vaccine appointment, call 910-814-6582.

While vaccination are being provided, here’s what officials are reminding older adults:

  • You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. That’s a scam.
  • You do not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.
  • You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine. That’s a scam.
  • Calls or offers to sell or ship vaccine to your home. That’s a scam.
  • Requests for your bank account, or credit card number, for vaccination. That’s a scam.
  • Protect yourself. Do not give out your personal information to unknown sources.
  • Older adults are encouraged to make sure their appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine is at an official site. People should only get a vaccine from an approved medical provider.

The second dose, like the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, will be provided at no cost.

For up-to-date information about the coronavirus, use the following resources, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), Harnett County Health Department www.harnett.org/health or other trusted medical professionals.

For more information, log onto the Harnett County Health Department at www.harnett.org/health. To schedule a vaccine appointment, call 910-814-6582.

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