Beware COVID Vaccine Scams: They’re Coming

Beware COVID Vaccine Scams: They’re Coming

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Uncertainty and anxiety have been the name of the game in 2020 so far. If you’re like most people, you’re doing your best to keep yourself and your family from falling ill to the novel coronavirus.

Likewise, you’re probably excited to hear that companies like Pfizer are getting close to releasing their COVID vaccines to the public. If current estimates hold, a vaccine for the virus could be on the market as soon as December for frontline first responders and the most vulnerable.

However, it could be much longer than that before the vaccine is made available to the public. January or even February could be more realistic times to expect the vaccine to hit clinics for the public. In the meantime, it’s important to stay vigilant in spotting scammers trying to use the upcoming COVID vaccine as a chance to defraud people.

What to Look For

During the lengthy lockdown period, many people have already been busted for selling bogus COVID treatments or kits. At present, there is no vaccine for the virus, and the only treatments that are available are experimental and are administered by doctors.

If you see online ads or receive phone calls from people claiming that they have a way to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19, then you’re almost assuredly seeing or hearing a scam.

Due to the novelty of the virus, any purported cures or treatments are likely to be placebos at best. The FDA and CDC are working with pharmaceutical companies to create treatments for the disease while other teams work on the vaccines.

Thanks to the tireless work of scientists and doctors, a vaccine could be ready in record time. However, it won’t be advertised to you through the internet or over the phone.

Legitimate Clinics

When the COVID-19 vaccine becomes widely available, it will be administered by medical professionals and in legitimate medical settings. Hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies are likely to be the locations where most COVID-19 vaccines are administered.

Stay on the lookout for guidance from local officials. Due to the danger posed by the pandemic, local medical authorities will be happy to assist as many people as possible in getting a vaccine. Should you and your family want such a vaccine, it will be available in time.

Simply stay posted for updates from local news stations and authorities about when and where you can receive the vaccine, and don’t fall for any scammers who want you to pay them up front for a supposed miracle cure.