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Tennessee Department of Health warns you to beware of vaccine scams

Officials are particularly concerned about seniors falling prey to scams, urging those with older loved ones to talk to them about how to avoid scams.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Health is warning people to beware vaccine scams as appointments fill up and supply continues to be limited across the state.

The department says it is especially concerned about seniors falling prey to scams. It urges those with older loved ones to talk to them about how to not become a victim of scammers peddling false promises of a vaccine or expedited access.

Here are tips to protect yourself:

  • Never pay out of pocket for a COVID-19 vaccine. For nearly everyone, it will be free. Some providers can charge administration fees, but these should be covered through insurance or federal relief funds for uninsured patients.
  • Vaccines will never be solicited door-to-door. They will almost always be administered in an official setting, such as a hospital, clinic, or pharmacy.
  • Do not pay if someone offers to give you early access to the vaccine. It is a scam, because the vaccine rollout is set by Tennessee and strictly follows the phased rollout plan.
  • Never pay to put yourself on a vaccine priority list. It is a scam. Once again, the rollout is set by Tennessee officials and strictly follows the state's plan.
  • You should consult with your doctor, pharmacist, or your local health department if you have any concerns or questions about the vaccine. They are the primary locations where vaccine will be distributed when it is available.

Find out where and when you can schedule appointments to receive a vaccine, current availability as well as which phase your county is in by clicking HERE..