Don’t fall for it: Florida health officials warn of scammers trying to charge for COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine is offered to residents for free

Florida health officials are telling people to be careful while registering for a coronavirus vaccine and to not fall for a scam.
Florida health officials are telling people to be careful while registering for a coronavirus vaccine and to not fall for a scam. (pixabay.com)

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Florida health officials are telling people to be careful while registering for a coronavirus vaccine and to not fall for a scam.

Health officials said in Pasco County and Pinellas County, the event management site Eventbrite was used to allow seniors to register for a COVID-19 vaccine event.

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Officials said fake pages have popped up asking for a credit card payment in order to be registered.

Florida is not the only place this is happening, officials said scams like this are also popping up across the globe.

Health officials are warning people about the following scams:

  • Telephone calls offering vaccine registration for a fee.
  • Emails posing as a medical center seeking personal information to determine eligibility for a vaccine trial.
  • Marketers offering to ship vaccine doses for a fee.

Health officials are reminding residents the vaccine is and will always be free.


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