Written by Missouri SMP

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) is warning older adults to “Guard your Card” – that is, your Covid-19 Vaccine ID card.

When you get your first COVID-19 vaccination, you should get a card stating the date of the shot and manufacturer of vaccination. If you did not get the card, contact the provider site where you got vaccinated (the pharmacy, health department, doctor’s office, etc.) or the state health department to find out how to get a card.

After you get your COVID-19 vaccine, keep your vaccination card safe. Scammers want to use the COVID-19 pandemic — including the cards from your vaccination — to try to steal your personal information.

While many people are proud of their vaccinated status, we suggest that you NOT share a photo of your COVID-19 vaccination card on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or anywhere else. Scammers are scouring such sites for your personal information like your date of birth, health care information or other personal information to steal your identity.

If someone offers to sell you a COVID-19 vaccination card, it’s a scam. Valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination can only be provided to individuals by legitimate providers administering vaccines.

To learn more or report suspected Medicare fraud, call the Missouri SMP at 1-888-515-6565.

The Missouri SMP is a non-profit agency that empowers and assists Medicare beneficiaries to prevent, detect and report healthcare fraud, errors and abuse. Medicare fraud and abuse costs taxpayers an estimated $60 billion-plus annually.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MPPG0040, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

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