The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed to areas around our country, but authorities warn us about scams that offer early access to the vaccine.

According to a news release from Attorney General Letitia James, New Yorkers should be on the lookout for potential scams, that are offering early access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

The order of vaccine distribution has started with residents of nursing homes, and will be moving to long term care residents, and others in the healthcare profession.

The release states that the vaccine will not become widely available to the public for several months, but people should patience and vigilant of vaccine scams.

Attorney General James says “Throughout this pandemic, scammers have found ways to victimize the public, with the vaccine distribution process being their latest method for fraud.

Be aware of any e mails, or phone calls offering you vaccine for COVID-19, and do not give out any personal bank, or credit card information.

If you get a solicit to participate in a vaccine trial, check to see if the e mailers organization matches their domain, and be careful about clinking on hyper links, and giving out login or other personal information.

Keep in mind that you cannot pay a fee to get your name on a list to get the vaccine, and If you have health insurance, you should not have to pay anything out of pocket, if you don’t have insurance, there may be an administrative charge, but its highly unlikely.

 For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination CLICK HERE or call 888-364-3065

MASK UP: Winners of the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier Mask Contest