SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As vaccine rollout continues across the state, state Rep. Janet Yang Rohr, D-Naperville, is calling attention to new scams that promise early access to the COVID-19 vaccine in exchange for money or personal information.
“It’s deeply disappointing that there are people trying to take advantage of those seeking affordable and accessible healthcare,” said Yang Rohr. “During this vulnerable time, it’s vital that people stay aware of ongoing scams that prey on the fear of those who are waiting to receive the vaccine.”
Around the country, there have been reports of individuals falsely advertising COVID-19 vaccines. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is advising residents to be cautious when opening emails, texts, or other correspondence from unknown senders that claim to have information or special access to the vaccine. Some warning signs of a fake advertisement include requiring payments up-front, referencing government mandated vaccines, or offering early access.
As Yang Rohr begins her first term amid the pandemic, she is committed to strengthening protections for consumers and working towards reasonable, affordable healthcare. If any resident encounters a possible coronavirus related scam, they can report it to the Illinois Attorney General using their consumer complaint form here.
“It’s important to remain vigilant to protect your friends, family members, and others in our community,” said Yang Rohr. “By staying alert and staying patient, we can ensure Illinoisans safely receive the COVID-19 vaccine.”