WDH Warns of Vaccine Scams

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) warns residents to be on the lookout for scammers taking advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“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 Feb. 16 release. “The callers go on to request payment or personal details such as social security numbers.”

WDH reminds people that COVID-19 vaccines are free and insurance is not required.

“No one should be asking you for payment to get a shot or to make an appointment,” Ceballos said. “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 noted some people may be asked to show Medicare or insurance cards at their vaccine appointment, per the release, so the health provider administering the shot can be reimbursed by the federal government.

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Campbell County is now vaccinating residents in its 1a and 1b priority groups, including residents 65 years or older, law enforcement, front-line workers, residents of long-term care facilities, people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, anyone with chronic illnesses that may put them at higher risk for serious complications from the virus, and caregivers of those in the medically vulnerable groups.

Graphic courtesy WDH.
Graphic courtesy WDH.

For more information, see Campbell County Public Health or call (307) 682-7275.

To register for an appointment, click here.

Scams related to COVID-19 vaccinations should be reported to the Consumer Protection Unit in the Wyoming Attorney General’s office by calling (307) 777-6397, emailing ag.consumer@wyo.gov, or submitting formal complaints here.

For more details about COVID-19 vaccines, including safety information, see the CDC.