AMERICANS are being warned not to post photos of your Covid vaccine card on social media due to privacy concerns.
The Better Business Bureau pointed out sharing images of the card could reveal your personal information, such as your full name and birthday.
The Better Business Bureau warns people not to share photos of their vaccination cardCredit: AP:Associated Press
So, although it may be tempting to share news of your vaccination, the BBB says it would be best to take a picture of yourself mid-vaccination, or of your newly bandaged arm.
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.
The card contains personal information like a person’s name and birthdayCredit: Reuters
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.