Posting Vaccination Cards on Social Media Can Pose Security Risk

Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine has become a source for bragging rights, however posting a picture of the actual card on social media poses security risks.

A vaccination card includes personal information including date of birth, date of vaccine and location of vaccine which can be used to steal your identity. Personal information can help a person gain access to your social security number, guess passwords to banking and other sensitive information and steal tax refunds.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 3, overseeing the state of Maryland, offers an alternative to the vaccination card social media post: post a smiley photo, masked if in public, with the caption detailing why you got the vaccine.

The Federal Trade Commission suggests posting a photo of the bandage on your arm or your vaccine sticker instead.

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About Rachel Clair

Rachel Clair is a Senior at the University of Maryland studying Government and Journalism. She is interning at My MC Media for the spring months before graduation. In the fall, she will attend law school.

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