December 14th, 2020 – Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter is reminding residents that while we await the welcomed arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine, we must continue to stay vigilant against potential scammers who would use the pandemic for their own personal gain. Scammers rapidly alter their tactics and adapt their schemes to the changing landscape, and it is anticipated that they will leverage the pending COVID-19 vaccine to prey on unsuspecting beneficiaries.
Please review the following points concerning the COVID-19 vaccine and help keep you and your family safe:
- 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 will 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.