What you need to know:
- The FDA has released the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged 16 years and older
- The first vaccine was administered on Monday to a New York critical care nurse
- More vaccinations are expected as vials arrive to different parts of the country
In less than a week, the FDA has granted emergency authorization use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged 16 and older (ABC News). Pfizer has delivered almost 3 million doses to hundreds of locations across the U.S., with the first vaccinations rolling out on Monday.
Sandra Lindsay, a New York critical care nurse, received the first vaccination on Monday. Health care workers and nursing home residents have been given priority for the vaccine. More doses are expected to be administered this week with millions of Americans likely to receive the vaccine in December. The FDA is scheduled to have a hearing for the Moderna vaccine on December 17.
While the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer has been cleared, officials warn of scams on treatments, PPE, and testing.
How to Avoid Falling Victim to COVID-19 Fraud
There are some simple ways you can protect yourself from falling victim to a Coronavirus scam, whether it be about a vaccine, treatment, personal protective equipment, or something else.
- Use government sources like the CDC.gov for information about COVID-19. Don’t be so fast to believe what you see or hear on social media, and always be wary of emails claiming to be from a governmental source.
- Talk with your health care provider before trying any product that claims to work as a treatment or cure for COVID-19. Remember that any information about treatment is likely to be publicly broadcast and not shared solely by text, email, or in an advertisement. Always do your research.
- Use trusted retailers if you’re looking for protective wear, like masks and gloves. Several major retailers offer these protective products, and never share more personal information than you need to when making a purchase.
For more information about Coronavirus scams, you can visit the FTC’s website to stay informed.
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