Pell City man says he’s being targeted by COVID-19 vaccine scammers

Beware of vaccine schemes

PELL CITY, Ala. (WBRC) - The Alabama Department of Public Health has a warning.

Someone is contacting the elderly, saying they’ll come to your home to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

And one Pell City man said he got one of those calls. But thankfully, this senior had the presence of mind to know he was being taken.

He said he knows he’s a target because of his age and contacted WBRC because he doesn’t want anyone to become a victim of this scheme.

Walter Thweatt said he got a call on Saturday from a man saying he works for the State of Alabama and that he was authorized to come to his home to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

“And I thought that was strange and I questioned him on it, but they indicated that they were legit, and he said all we need to do is just set up an appointment. You have to get a test before we can come, and we’ll take it and send it to your primary care physician,” Thweatt said.

Thweatt agreed to the appointment for Monday, but his gut told him something just wasn’t right.

“Well it just didn’t seem reasonable that the state of Alabama could handle all the senior adults going house to house. There was just something inside of me that just said no, no and after we hung up, that inner voice just kept saying no, no,” Thweatt explained.

That’s when the 83-year-old called WBRC and the Jefferson County Health Department and learned it wasn’t real.

Thweatt said he’s being targeted because he’s a senior and vulnerable.

He has respiratory problems, a heart condition and is legally blind.

“It’s a hard thing for me to understand how a generation that has built this country that have spent time and time in war fighting for our country and yet we have scammers out there trying to take every dang dime they got and they’re doing it and some way or another we need to be able to expose them and take care of our senior adults,” Thweatt said.

ADPH said it wants everyone to know that the COVID-19 vaccine is not being administered in homes at this time.

The department said anyone who has received these types of calls should call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline.

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