January 20, 2021

Be alert:

  • No one from a legitimate vaccine distribution site will ever ask for your Social Security number or bank information in order to receive a vaccine.
  • You will never have to pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • While you may be asked to provide health insurance information when you receive the vaccine, you do not need health insurance to receive the vaccine. 
  • You will never be asked to pay to put your name on a list to receive the vaccine.

Scammers may pose online as legitimate businesses or organizations in an effort to steal personal or financial information.

  • Make sure that emails related to the vaccine are coming from legitimate sources before clicking links or opening attachments.
  • When providing personal information, double check the URL to ensure it is legitimate. 

There are currently a limited number of federally approved vaccines and treatments. Avoid those offering a "miracle cure" treatment or medication that claims to prevent the virus.

If you become aware of a vaccine-related scam or believe you or someone you love may be the victim of a scam, you should file a complaint with state and local authorities. Suspected fraud or business-related scams can be reported to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection by visiting or sending an email to Suspicious activities related to vaccine distribution practices or concerns for public health can be reported to local law enforcement or local public health officials.