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Vaccine fraud reported

 

February 17, 2021



The Wyoming Department of Health is warning residents to be on alert for suspicious, potentially fraudulent activity as efforts to help prevent COVID-19 deaths and illnesses by providing free, safe and effective vaccinations continue.

“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,” Michael Ceballos, WDH director said in a press release. “The callers go on to request payment or personal details such as social security numbers.”

“We want to remind everyone that COVID-19 vaccines are free to those who are getting them and insurance is not required. 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,” Ceballos said.

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

“It’s also important to ensure you are on the right website if seeking vaccine information or appointment details,” Ceballos said

Those unable to visit the website for county-specific information can call the WDH toll-free vaccine phone line at 800-438-5795.

 

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