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ADPH warns people of vaccine scammers

Many are looking at all options available locally for the COVID-19 vaccine, scammers are using this to their advantage.
Published: Feb. 8, 2021 at 6:24 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Alabama Department of Public Health is reporting a current scam where people are receiving phone calls asking them to pay to get the vaccine shipped to their home, however this is not the correct ADPH vaccine distribution protocol.

Another scam leads to people being called and placed on the vaccine waiting list for a fee, collecting people’s banking information. Again, not the proper protocol.

Corey Kirkland, Administrator for the Southeastern Public Health District, said any place giving the vaccine is not going to contact you to be put on a waiting list unless you have first contacted them.

There is no charge for the vaccine or to be put on a waiting list. Kirkland advises the public to be cautious.

“Any kind of reputable place that is giving out the vaccine is not going to call you and ask you for your personal ID, personal bank accounts, those sorts of things,” Kirkland said. “So, if you do have a question certainly call that person or call that business back. If you have questions you can call the health department if you are not sure if it was us trying to call you or someone else, we’d be happy to help you.”

He said the county health departments may call you if you are on a waiting list to set up and confirm a vaccine appointment, but they will not openly call you to see if you want the vaccine.

It is important to remember to not give out personal information over the phone for the vaccine.

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