I received this email from the Office for Aging and I thought it was important to share:
At this time, the Office for Aging is concerned that our senior population may be targeted with COVID-19 vaccine-related scams.
It is life-saving news that the COVID-19 vaccine is starting to be administered in our area, across NYS, our country and the world. It is essential that we alert the public of likely schemes and provide them with information on how the public can protect themselves:
- You likely will NOT need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.
- You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
- You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine.
- No one from Medicare or the Health Department with contact you.
- No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
- Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.
If you get a call, text, email — or even someone knocking on your door — claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, STOP. 🛑 That’s a scam.
Please reach out and REPORT to the Office for Aging (315-435-2362) if you become aware of any local, COVID-19 vaccine-related scams.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could help us spread the word by printing, posting and sharing the enclosed flyer, especially to the seniors in our community.
Thank you, and best wishes for a safe and healthy holiday and 2021.