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DEFENDERS: Be careful when posting COVID-19 vaccination cards to social media

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

As vaccine eligibility opens up to more Missourians and Americans, people are wanting to share the moment on their social media accounts.

Some people have been posting a selfie with their vaccination card as proof they got the coronavirus vaccine.

U.S. Health officials are warning of this very thing. Health officials say because of the sensitive information on COVID-19 vaccination cards scammers can take advantage.

Scammers can take the information on your card, including your name and birthday and create phony vaccination cards. In serious cases, fraudsters can open new accounts in your name, or even claim your tax refunds.

Officials say if you want to post proof that you got your coronavirus vaccine to post the vaccination sticker. If you insist on posting the vaccination card, blackout your personal information.

Health officials are reminding Americans to be mindful as scammers continue to find creative ways to steal your information, money.

Another scam to be on the lookout for are offers to purchase COVID-19 vaccination cards. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services say valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination can only be provided to individuals by legitimate providers administering vaccines.

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Deborah Kendrick

Deborah is a weekday evening anchor and investigative reporter for ABC 17 News.

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