La. attorney general’s office warns against most common vaccine scams

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Updated: Dec. 22, 2020 at 4:27 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Officials are continuing to warn the public against COVID-19 vaccination scams.

Cory Dennis, of the Louisiana attorney general’s office, sat down on a Zoom interview with KSLA News 12′s Kenley Hargett to discuss the most common scams happening right now, including:

  • The vaccine is currently available in limited quantities; the distribution timeline for the general public is still to be determined. Access to the vaccine is strictly controlled, and anyone claiming to provide early access to the vaccine is a scammer.
  • No one can pay to put his or her name on a list to get the vaccine or to get early access to the vaccine.
  • No legitimate vaccine distribution site or heath care payer, like a private insurance company, will call asking for your Social Security number or debit/credit card number to sign you up to get the vaccine.
  • You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.

The AG’s office is advising everyone that scammers are calling, mailing and even knocking on doors. They will attempt to say they can move you up on the vaccine distribution list, but that is a lie.

“Do not trust anyone that attempts to sell you a vaccine or promise to move you up on the list,” Dennis says.

As the vaccine becomes more readily available, officials encourage you to remain alert for scams.

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