HSE issues warning over vaccination appointment text scam 1 month ago

HSE issues warning over vaccination appointment text scam

Be careful.

The HSE has urged the public to be vigilant following reports of a text scam from criminals claiming to be offering a HSE vaccination appointment.

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According to the HSE, the text messages provide a link to prebook a Covid-19 vaccination appointment but in order to complete the booking, people are asked to enter their credit or debit card details in a payment section.

"The HSE does not charge the public for Covid-19 related services, including vaccinations, and such texts should be ignored," a statement from the HSE reads.

"You will NEVER be asked for your bank details or to pay for a vaccine by a member of HSE vaccination staff."

Those concerned or suspicious about any contact they have received regarding Covid-19 vaccinations are asked to call HSELive on 1800 700 700 and contact their local Gardaí.

Meanwhile, to register for your Covid-19 vaccine, go to hse.ie. The HSE will send a text message that provides details of your appointment and two links.

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One is the vaccine information leaflet and the second allows you to consent online.

On Friday evening, 1,501 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Ireland.

As of 8am, 169 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 23 are in ICU.

In a statement accompanying the figures, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "Vaccination and the incredible uptake across many age groups is leading us to a turning point in the pandemic.

"If we experience similar uptake in the younger cohorts as experienced in the over 60’s, Ireland will have a strong population-level defence against Covid-19 and its known variants."

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