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COVID-19 VACCINATION Information for
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The COVID-19 Vaccine and You: Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy

As part of the Office of the Attorney Generalís Black History Month activities, Attorney General Raoul held a panel discussion with medical experts to address:

  • Vaccine Efficacy
  • Vaccine Hesitancy
  • Vaccine-Related Scams

Watch the video replay

The COVID-19 Vaccine and You: Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy

Resources to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination
and the response to the pandemic

These websites provide information about the pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccine: programs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Response website

Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Dr. Eugenia South, African American physician, distrusted the COVID-19 vaccine at first, and then changed her mind. Read more about why she got vaccinated.

Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

While the safe distribution of COVID-19 vaccines by public health officials is underway, Illinois residents should be vigilant for potential scammers who fraudulently offer access to COVID-19 vaccines or cures. The Attorney General reminds all Illinois residents:

  • Do not buy any kind of COVID-19 vaccine or treatment on the internet or from an online pharmacy. You should not have to pay any amount of money out of pocket in order to receive the vaccine.
  • Everyone eventually will receive the vaccine, even if they do not have health insurance.
  • Ignore online, phone, and text offers for the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Hang up on any calls, including robocalls, which direct you to take immediate action or provide personally-identifiable information, such as your Social Security number or bank account number. Health workers conducting contract tracing will ask you to confirm your name and address, but will not request your Social Security number of financial information. Contact your local health department if you receive a contact tracing call and are unsure it is legitimate. Report solicitations from telemarketers, text messages and social media platforms, as well as door-to-door visits. You can file a consumer complaint with the Illinois Attorney Generalís office.
  • Delete emails and texts that promise or offer access to COVID-19 treatments, and do not click on any links contained in such emails as they may place malware on your devices.

To continue to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, continue to wear a mask and social distance.

Read Attorney General Raoulís full press release on avoiding vaccine-related scams

Jump to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General COVID-19 Resources page for more information and guidance on topics related to the pandemic.

Consumer Fraud Hotlines

1-800-964-3013 (TTY)

1-877-844-5461 (TTY)

1-877-675-9339 (TTY)

Spanish Language Toll-Free Hotline: 1-866-310-8398

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