Sharing Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card on Social Media Could Lead to Identity Theft

According to the Federal Trade Commission, social media is 'no place' for COVID-19 vaccination cards.

Posted: Feb 5, 2021 12:52 PM

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says social media sites are the last place you want your COVID-19 vaccination card to be.

After receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, you may feel strong enough to share it publicly on social media with friends, family, or acquaintances.

The FTC is saying that's not a good idea, since the vaccination card contains valuable information including your full name, date of birth, where you got your vaccine, and the dates you got it.

The FTC warns that posting that kind of information to public platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or others, is an easy way to open yourself up to the possibility of identity theft.

"Some of you are celebrating your second COVID-19 vaccination with the giddy enthusiasm that’s usually reserved for weddings, new babies, and other life events. You’re posting a photo of your vaccination card on social media. Please — don’t do that! You could be inviting identity theft," FTC Attorney Seena Gressin wrote Friday.

Gressin suggests sharing news of your recent vaccination in a different way, like taking a picture of your bandage where your shot was taken, or perhaps by posting a photo of your "vaccine sticker".

For more tips about protecting your information against identity thieves, you can check out the FTC's page on "how to keep your personal information secure."

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