Don’t share your COVID-19 vaccination card on social media

A pic of two hands holding a blank Covid-19 vaccination card.
A Department of Health and Human Services employee holds a COVID-19 vaccine record card. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)

Many people are so excited when they get their COVID-19 vaccination that they want to share the good news with everyone. But, just as you shouldn’t share other highly personal information on social media, please don’t share a photo of your vaccination card.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns that scammers can use the personal information on your vaccination card—your full name, birth date, and vaccination location—to steal your identity and create and sell phony cards. Go ahead and share the good news, but leave out the personal identity information.

And while you are thinking about your personal information and social media, check your settings to see what you are sharing and with whom. Learn more at Safe Computing: Protect Your Privacy.

If you only want friends and family to see your posts, be sure that’s how your social media privacy settings are configured. Be aware that once you post something, those you shared it with can share it more widely. If you want something kept private, don’t share it on social media.