Beware of Vaccine Scams!

Gigi Hanner

With the mad rush to get America vaccinated, and the eligibility limits opening across the country, it is no surprise that there are scammers out there trying to use this situation to their advantage. There are several different tactics out there from people trying to get your money and steal your personal information. So, here are a few examples of what to watch out for in the coming weeks and months.

These scams are the most common at the moment, and they play out electronically.


  1. “You are being offered early access to the vaccine!” 

— No, no one is actually doing that. Real, trusted organizations aren’t offering this service, so don’t fall for this one.  

  1. “You are being offered a spot on a waiting list for a fee!” 

— You don’t need to pay for your vaccination if you do it through a good organization. Don’t fall into this trap and give scammers your money.

  1. “You can have the vaccine shipped directly to you!”

— Hospitals and pharmacies are already struggling with resources as it is, having it shipped to you wouldn’t be realistic. 

If you get any of these messages, or someone you know does, report the incident and don’t give out any information or money to an organization you don’t already know and trust. We will all be able to get our vaccines eventually. There is reasoning behind us waiting for them. Don’t try to jump the gun or get it faster, because the source offering that is likely not credible. 

Stay safe and informed about vaccination procedures near you, and make sure your loved ones and others around you don’t get scammed. The best way to get your vaccine is through a trusted, reputable organization that actually wants to give you what you need, rather than taking your money needlessly.