County warns against vaccine scams

LIHU‘E — The first delivery and dosages of vaccines against COVID-19 to hospitals on Kaua‘i could happen as early as Monday, Mayor Derek Kawakami announced Friday.

This initial delivery will be for health-care workers as well as residents and staff of long-term-care facilities.

“We expect to receive a limited number of doses initially, then more in the weeks and months to come,” Kawakami said during his Friday daily COVID-19 briefing.

And with vaccines slowly becoming available, the government, both local and federal, are warning against scams and attempted fraud.

“Just as these vaccines are rolling out, we are receiving word that criminals are taking this opportunity to scam people,” Kawakami said. “The Federal Trade Commission, Department of Homeland Security and other law-enforcement partners are warning about fraud related to COVID-19 vaccines.”

Some recent scams include asking for payments to receive the vaccine or to be put on a list to get the vaccine.

“No one from the Department of Health or a vaccine-distribution site will ask for your Social Security number or confidential financial information, such as credit cards or bank accounts,” Kawakami said.

Thursday, the Kaua‘i Police Department shared a press release from the FTC, warning residents of a scam that pretends to be Amazon asking about a suspicious purchase, lost package or order that can’t be fulfilled.

Another scam is a recorded message about suspicious activity on an Apple iCloud account.

“In both scenarios, the scammers say you can conveniently press 1 to speak with someone (how nice of them!). Or they give you a phone number to call. Don’t do either. It’s a scam,” the federal press release states.

“They’re trying to steal your personal information, like your account password or your credit-card number.”

The FTC recommends hanging up, blocking unwanted numbers and resisting handing over personal information.


Sabrina Bodon, government reporter, can be reached at 245-0441 or

  1. You first December 20, 2020 8:39 am Reply

    Hey Derek, since you’re out fearless leader. I think it’s only fair you and the health director get vaccinated. We can’t afford to have you comprised by anything your chances of survival being 99.97% or even higher granted you have no underlying issues of course.

    1. Louise Pak December 20, 2020 3:14 pm Reply

      I couldn’t agree more! We can’t afford to neglect the only person in the COUNTRY who has provided excellent guidance through out the pandemic!

  2. S. Cam December 20, 2020 9:33 pm Reply

    Please be Careful Derek and Dr. Berreman, be careful if you do the vaccine, side effects are going to be common, much of it just like the flu, makes you wonder why we can’t just get the Covid flu itself.
    Same thing!

    At least the Covid is a natural flu, though if it iChinese bio-chemical warfare, are we just gonna let them destroy our nation over the next few years.

    Whether the covid is natural, or worse than an atomic bomb in destruction to our society, are we just gonna blame it on the the Ruski’s.

    And what is timid Joe gonna do about it, from his basement, get some billions for his son, and let the rest of us crumble and eat crumbs.

    We’re glad there is a warning about the vaccine as a scam, many already think it is.

    What with the death numbers being spiked by 94% and those who have died all have had end of life diseases while on prescription drugs more toxic than the covid virus itself, no wonder so many are suspicious and have no confidence in our leaders.

    Without a single death on Kaua’i, are Derek and Janet, ready to accept responsibility for the destruction of our families, our businesses, and our society? They say there are more suicides from the Covid situation than Covid deaths. This is horrible.

    This Covid, real or fake, is becoming a “gold rush” financial boon for the pharmaceutical and medical industry for the next few years.

    Are our leaders and authoritarians complicit in both a massive windfall for the people who already sell 4.4 Billion medical prescriptions per year, and the demise of our little isolated community.

    If Kaua’i is on average with America are 80% of our little 70,000 population on daily prescription drugs? If so that is a bigger scare than the covid. All medical drugs have 2 side effects leading to more prescription drugs and a shorter life, like the covid victims on prescription drugs.

    What a vicious circle, you eat the chemical foods, you get sick, you take prescription drugs, you get more sick, and then you take more prescription drugs, and you eat more chemical food, and so on and so forth.

    Speaking of chemical foods, which of the following chemicals are
    in our foods?

    mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl) bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and cholesterol), potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, and sucrose.

    Some of them are in our foods, but all of them are in the Pfizer vaccine. And some are made from petrochemicals it seems. A source of carcinogens.

    Gee they are getting us from all sides, must be a coincidence.

    Let’s hope it all works out to the people’s best interest, never mind the medical profits, they always get theirs. There is concern the insurance companies may just get left out of this windfall.


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