Why Sharing Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card on Social Media Is Risky

COVID-19 vaccine card

Before you share your COVID-19 vaccine card on social media take these steps to protect yourself!

Of course, it's natural to feel the urge to celebrate getting vaccinated against the virus and share it with others, but in doing so, you could open yourself up to identify theft.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued a warning about sharing your vaccine card, saying, "Photos of COVID-19 vaccination cards should not be shared on social media. Posting content that includes your date of birth, health care details or other personally identifiable information can be used to steal your identity."

With access to someone's full name and date of birth, scammers can do things like create fake vaccination cards or open credit card accounts in your name.

Instead of sharing the card, The Doctors suggest posting a shot of your vaccine sticker (if your state provides one), a photo of you getting the vaccine, or only posting the vaccine card with all of your personal information blurred or blacked out.

If you suspect you are the victim of COVID-19 health care fraud, report it online to the Department of Health and Human Services here or call 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477).

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