Coronavirus Advice for Consumers

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Avoid Coronavirus Scams

  • COVID-19 vaccines are free. If anyone charges you for help signing up or the shot itself, it’s a scam.
  • You can’t buy the COVID-19 vaccine anywhere. It’s only available at federal- and state-approved locations.
  • Always talk with your doctor or healthcare professional before you try any product claiming to treat, prevent, or cure COVID-19.
  • Don’t post your vaccination card to your social media account. Someone could use the information for identity theft.
  • Right now, there are no official plans to create a national vaccine verification app or certificate or passport.
  • If someone asks you for personal information or money to get a national vaccine certificate or passport, that’s a scam.
  • Contact your state government about its vaccine verification plans and requirements.
  • Check with airlines, cruise lines, and event venues about their vaccine verification or negative testing requirements.
  • When you’re looking for pandemic-related help, start with sites like coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus.

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