JUNE 21, 2021 Manny Otiko | California Black Media
Public health experts are warning vaccinated people to not post photos of their vaccine cards on social media or anywhere else online.
“Don’t share it on social media because there is protected health information on it,” said Dr. Jerry Abrams, a physician who works at the Kedran Community Health Center in Los Angeles.
He warned people who get vaccinated to keep the information on the front of the card away from the view of scammers or other bad actors who could compromise their security.
Abraham says, for now, the white CDC vaccine cards are the only proof that an individual has been inoculated against COVID-19.
“Really the only piece of evidence you have right now, that is absolutely your confident verification is that CDC vaccination card for COVID-19 vaccines that lists your first and second dose from Moderna or Pfizer or just that one shot from Johnson & Johnson.”
Usually on the back the series is completed after that. That data is enter
pushed to the California immunization registry, he said.
Abraham made the comment during a news briefing organized by California Black Media in partnership with The Center at the Sierra Health Foundation and the State of California titled “Get Smart on COVID-19.” Dr. Andrea Goings, a pediatrician in Los Angeles and the founder of a mobile medical care service called BabyDocHouseCalls.com, also spoke at the event.
Organizers say the “series is designed to equip Black journalists with the information they need to write authoritatively about COVID-19 vaccinations and harm reduction measures – topics where there is significant misinformation and widespread mistrust.”
Other consumer advocates and public safety experts have also shared their concerns about people posting their vaccine Cards online. They say sometimes criminals work for a long time piecing personal information together about possible victims, including birth dates.
August 26, 2021
MERCED COUNTY, CA – The Merced County Department of Public Health (Department) has confirmed the first pediatric death related to COVID-19 in Merced County – an infant with underlying medical conditions.
“While each life lost as a result of this virus is tragic, the loss of a child is felt across our entire community,” said Dr. Salvador Sandoval, Merced County’s Health Officer. “Our condolences go out to the family and to the many families that have suffered loss related to COVID-19. The best approach we can take to protect the children who cannot get vaccinated in our community is to get vaccinated ourselves.”
As of Tuesday, August 24, 2021, there are approximately 1,898 active cases in Merced County. The Department has seen an increased number of cases with children (ages 0-17). During the current surge, approximately 25% of cases have been identified in children whereas in previous waves only 11% of cases were identified within this age group.
Vaccines are now available for individuals 12 years and older and are easily accessible at many provider sites throughout Merced County, including health care offices, community clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals.
Those who would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine are strongly encouraged to visit: MyTurn.ca.gov, call 1-833-422-4255 or follow the Department of Public Health social media accounts for mobile COVID-19 vaccination site locations.
Merced County health officials strongly urge all residents to exercise the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:✓ Get vaccinated✓ Follow CDPH guidelines on masking✓ Practice social distancing✓ Avoid large crowds and poorly ventilated areas Follow us on social media for more updates: Facebook: Merced County Department of Public Health Instagram: @mercedcountypublichealth