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Beware of Vaccine Scams

By Rachael Eyler, WJFW Channel 12

As more states open up COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all adult residents, demand is far outpacing supply. “Vaccine hunter” websites, online forums, and social media groups have sprung up, offering to help people find open appointments and leftover vaccine doses in their area.

While most of these websites and online groups are legitimate resources, this situation is an ideal opportunity for scammers. Use caution when following links or providing personal information.

Many vaccine-hunting social media groups provide practical tips in finding open appointments, but they can also be a place for scammers to push phony vaccines and other cons.

Centralized vaccine availability websites, similar to airfare aggregation sites, scan the databases of vaccine providers, such as CVS or Rite Aid, for availability. is one such site promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These websites can be handy tools, but be wary of lookalike sites that collect personal information or require payment.

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