BBB warns against sharing photos of COVID-19 vaccination card on social media


LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – These cards you receive after you have received one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine look a lot like the “I voted” stickers you often see on social media sites on polling day.

“Now there are people on social media showing their immunization cards,” said Heather Clary of the Better Business Bureau’s Lexington office.

Clary warned of the dangers of doing this.

“It (the vaccine card) has their personal information, when they got the vaccine and when they could get a second one. The BBB is warning you not to show it on social media,” Clary said.

It has already become a big deal in parts of Europe, as the crooks have found a way to go for a profit.

“Some scammers are already selling fake COVID-19 vaccine ID cards and possibly using the same information they see from people online,” Clary said of attempts to sell the information on sites like eBay. (Clary added that eBay has since become aware of the problem and ended this transaction.)

Clary said if you need to share your immunization status with the world, do so by showing a photo of the dressing at the injection site or in some other way.

The warning comes as the state prepares the Alltech Arena at Kentucky Horse Park for use as a mass vaccination site starting Tuesday morning. The clinic is by appointment only. At this point you must be in groups 1a or 1b to be considered.

“More and more people, thousands a day, will be able to get vaccinated through these regional clinics,” said Kevin Hall of the Lexington-Fayette County Department of Health.

Hall’s department is not affiliated with this state-run operation at the Alltech Arena. The state has partnered with Kroger to make this clinic a reality. Hall said of his department another clinic is scheduled for Wednesday at the Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington.

“We are getting it out as fast as we are doing it,” he said.

So far, more than 61,000 people in Lexington have received the vaccine. This does not include people who did so through the Department of Veterans Affairs, which the state took care of.

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