Do not post pictures of your Kovid-19 vaccination card

The healthcare worker displays a COVID-19 vaccine record card on December 16, 2020 at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.

The healthcare worker displays a COVID-19 vaccine record card at Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center on December 16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon.
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I don’t know about all of you, but I’ve seen quite a few pictures of friends’ vaccination cards on my social media feed. I really can’t tell you how many – because frankly, I forgot –But I can tell you that every time I noticed it is a mixed reaction. On one hand, I was thrilled that my friends were postingMany of whom are health care workers Or teacherGet vaccinated. Although I found another part uncomfortable. Posting a picture with personal and vaccine information was just a bad idea.

It is evident, Federal trade commission Shares my uneasiness. In a blog on the subject posted on Friday, the agency strictly stated that social media is no place to share your Kovid-19 vaccination card. It slowly People celebrating their second dose of Kovid-19Current vaccines Two shots approved in the US are required – “with giddy enthusiasm that is usually reserved for weddings, new babies, and other life events.”

I totally think that people have the right to be happy that they got the vaccine. This epidemic has been terrible and devastating. And actually, if you have already been vaccinated, then I am very much Happy for you and hope you feel a little more relaxed. However, a festive picture is not worth the problems that may pose the road.

“Please! Don’t do that! You can invite identity theft,” wrote FTC’s Sina Grassin, a lawyer with the agency’s Department of Consumer and Vocational Education.

Kovid-19, as explained by the agency The vaccination card contains important information about you, such as your full name, date of birth, the place where you received your vaccine, and when you received it. Posting it on social media is like voluntarily giving bad actors something they are looking for.

Graysin compared identity theft to a puzzle made up of pieces of your personal information. He said that you do not want to give identity thieves to finish your puzzle.

“One of those pieces is your date of birth,” Graysin said. For example, by knowing just your date and place of birth, scammers can sometimes guess the majority of your social security number. Once identity thieves have the necessary pieces, they can use the information to open new accounts in your name, claim their tax refund for themselves, and engage in other identity theft. “

Another concern, as noted new York Times, Is that vaccine cards can be forged by people who have not taken the vaccine or who do not have plans to get one to gain access to jobs, restaurants or events. A December report in UK outlet The Sun stated that some people were already selling Fake vaccination card On TikTok.

Worse, the Times says scammers may also use Knowing people to pay for a second dose of their vaccine or any future booster shots. In the US, government-bought vaccines Is given free of charge, although the vaccination provider is allowed to charge an administrative fee to shoot someone, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An innocent photo can go on and off the list of possible downfalls.

This does not mean that government officials and experts are saying that you cannot post any picture on social media about this important moment. However, he has a suggestion: take a picture to vaccinate Sticker Delivered on some sites. Or bandage Injection on his arm. According to the FTC, the latter gives you the opportunity to “show off your tattoos and deltoid” at the same time.

I personally like stickers. And hey, we already have a rocking selfie experience with the “I Vote” sticker. “I got my Kovid-19 vaccine!” There will be stickers for a walk in the park.

it’s better to be safe than sorry.