As we await the hopefully imminent FDA approval of Coronavirus vaccines during a pandemic that is as bad as ever, scammers are exploiting the public’s concern by calling, posing as Pfizer and public health departments offering doses of the soon to be approved Pfizer Coronavirus vaccine at a cost of $79.99. It is a scam. While a vaccine has been approved in the UK, no vaccine has yet been approved for use in the United States although it is expected that approval of a couple of vaccines will be forthcoming. When a vaccine or vaccines are approved, the distribution of the vaccines will be overseen by the federal government and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is already working with healthcare associations and others on vaccination programs. Until that time, anyone offering you a vaccine is a scammer.
Even if the call you receive offering you a dose of the vaccine appears on your Caller ID to have come from the CDC or Pfizer it is not to be trusted. Using a technique called spoofing your Caller ID can be manipulated by the scammer to make the call appear to come from a legitimate source when, in fact, it is coming from a scammer. No present vaccines are being offered now or in the future through direct phone calls from the CDC or Pfizer.
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