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

Posted at 4:03 PM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 18:24:47-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Those cards you receive once getting one, or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are becoming a lot like the "I voted" stickers you often see on social media sites on Election Day.

"Now there are folks on social media showing their vaccination cards," said Heather Clary from Lexington's office of the Better Business Bureau.

Clary warned about the dangers of doing such.

"It (vaccine card) has their personal information, the date they received the vaccine, and when they might get a second one. The BBB is warning you should not show those on social media," Clary said.

It's already become a big problem in parts of Europe as scammers have found a way to pounce for profit.

"Some con artists are already selling fake COVID-19 vaccine identification cards and may be using the same information they're seeing from people online," Clary said of the attempts being made to sell the information on sites like eBay. (Clary added that eBay has since become aware of the problem and shut down this operation.)

Clary said if you must share your vaccine status with the world, do it by showing a picture of the band-aid over the injection site or some other way.

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

"More and more people, thousands per day, will be able to get vaccinated thanks to these regional clinics," said Kevin Hall from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

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

"We're getting it out as quickly as we get it in," he said.

So far, more than 61,000 people in Lexington have received the vaccine. It does not include any people who did so through Veterans Affairs, which the state handled.