Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

The federal government has notified the Department of Health that about 40% of Hawai’i’s order for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be delayed. The entire shipment of the vaccine is expected to come on December 14.

As Hawai’i tires to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, people should be aware of scammers who will try to steal your personal information. Here’s how you can recognize potential scams:

  • State agencies will be responsible for giving out vaccines. Not individuals.
  • Calls, texts, emails, or a person at your door saying they can give you a vaccine are fake.
  • You shouldn’t have to provide your social security, bank account, or credit card number to get a vaccine.
  • No one should have to pay to get a vaccine

Report the scam to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. Visit the Federal Trade Commission for more information.

By Allan Salvador
Ka Lā News staff writer

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