Officials warn of vaccine-related scams

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the coronavirus vaccination effort continues to ramp up across the country, officials are warning people that scammers are trying to use the vaccine’s novelty to commit fraud.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a number of tips to help people protect themselves.

People are being advised that there is no way to pay to improve your placement on the rankings for vaccine eligibility.

Likewise, no officials will call you to obtain personal information to get the vaccine, and no one will come to your door to solicit you to get the vaccine.

Finally, Medicare will not contact recipients to offer products related to the virus or vaccine.

As in all cases, people are advised not to open attachments, links or text messages from unknown senders, and to always to skeptical of unexpected calls, emails or visitors.