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Don’t post your COVID-19 vaccination card on social media

The Better Business Bureau suggests you shouldn’t post a selfie with your COVID-19 vaccination card

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A Department of Health and Human Services employee holds a COVID-19 vaccine record card at Operation Warp Speed headquarters in Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, 2020. The Better Business Bureau suggests you shouldn’t post a selfie with your COVID-19 vaccination card.

A Department of Health and Human Services employee holds a COVID-19 vaccine record card at Operation Warp Speed headquarters in Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, 2020. The Better Business Bureau suggests you shouldn’t post a selfie with your COVID-19 vaccination card.

EJ Hersom, Department of Defense

The Better Business Bureau said over the weekend that Americans may want to hold off from sharing a selfie of their COVID-19 vaccination card because it can be used for identity theft.

  • The BBB said scammers can use the information on the card for ID theft and to create fake cards, which could later be sold to people.
  • “Unfortunately, your card has your full name and birthday on it, as well as information about where you got your vaccine. If your social media privacy settings aren’t set high, you may be giving valuable information away for anyone to use,” the BBB said in a statement.

Context

Back in December, the Department of Defense released a photo of the vaccine record card that would be given to anyone who got the COVID-19 vaccine, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition, told CNN the card will help people know when they need to get their next shot since both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two shots.

  • “Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,” Moore said. “Let’s do the simple, easy thing first. Everyone’s going to get that.”