This story first appeared on Cowboy State Daily
By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The Wyoming Department of Health is warning residents to be on alert for suspicious and potentially fraudulent activity related to efforts to vaccinate people against the coronavirus.
“We are hearing about unexpected calls going to residents from people falsely claiming they represent a local health department or the Wyoming Department of Health,” said Michael Ceballos, WDH director. “The callers go on to request payment or personal details such as social security numbers.”
Ceballos noted some people may be asked to show Medicare or insurance cards at their vaccine appointments only so professionals giving shots can get reimbursed.
“We want to remind everyone that COVID-19 vaccines are free to those who are getting them and insurance is not required,” she said. “No one should be asking you for payment to get a shot or to make an appointment. Vaccines are not typically being given in homes and there is no payment option to get ahead in line. Your social security number is not needed and should not be given over the phone to someone who calls you unexpectedly.”
Important reminders about COVID-19 vaccines include:
- The currently authorized vaccines require two doses for maximum protection.
- For most people it is best to receive vaccines in the county where they live.
“It’s also important to ensure you are on the right website if seeking vaccine information or appointment details,” Ceballos said.