THE BETTER Business Bureau warned those getting vaccinated not to post photos of their vaccine cards, citing privacy concerns over the personal info shared on the cards.
The BBB warned that although it might be tempting to share news of one’s vaccination, it would be best to take a picture of themselves mid-vaccination with a needle in their arm, or their newly bandaged arms, rather than vaccine cards, that show private information like their birthday and places of vaccination.
Anyone who got their first dose of two Covid-19 Moderna or Pfizer vaccine shots would get a card displaying their name and birthday in addition to where they received the vaccine, posing a potential security risk for others waiting to get vaccinated, the BBB said.
“If your social media privacy settings aren’t set high, you may be giving valuable information away for anyone to use,” the BBB said.
Posting photos of the vaccine cards also allows scammers to make and sell fake cards, leading to potential security and health concerns.
Being in possession of such a card could potentially help people circumvent vaccine requirements when travelling or at school and work.
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The BBB already has pointed to the very situation occurring in the United Kingdom: scammers have been caught selling fake vaccine cards on TikTok and eBay before they were caught.
It claims it’s just a matter of time before such a scam starts becoming prominent in the United States, and warns others not to give scammers any free data.
The bureau overall understands the excitement in sharing photos of your vaccination and therefore asks people to share photos other than the vaccination card.