South Carolina Officials Warn Public to Watch Out for Possible COVID-19 Vaccine-related Scams
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 27, 2021
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina residents should be aware of scammers targeting COVID-19 vaccine seekers. South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), State Law Enforcement Division, Emergency Management Division, and Department of Consumer Affairs encourage residents to be wary of scammers using the state’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout to steal people’s private information or their money.
Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself and others from scammers:
- State agencies, vaccine providers, and vaccine makers will not contact people and ask for personal information over the phone.
- The only time people should expect to share personal information with an approved vaccine provider is when they make an actual appointment with a real vaccine provider.
- No one should pay or provide personal information to join a vaccine waiting list or be promised early access to the vaccine.
- A list of locations of approved providers currently accepting appointments for the vaccine is available on DHEC’s vax locator map.
If a member of the public is contacted by a potential scam, they should contact local authorities immediately, file a complaint with the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, and report fraud to the Federal Trade Commission.
Eligible South Carolinians are encouraged to schedule appointments now.
South Carolina is currently in Phase 1a of its vaccine plan, and people currently prioritized to receive the vaccine should continue to schedule appointments with vaccine providers to receive their first and second shots. Those who are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can:
- Use DHEC’s vax locator map to find the contact information for a vaccine provider near them, or
- Call DHEC’s Care Line (1-855-472-3432) for help in finding contact information for vaccine providers.
To find out if you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.
For the latest South Carolina COVID-19 vaccine information, visit scdhec.gov/vaxfacts.