Don’t share your COVID vaccine certificate on social media. Here’s why

Sharing COVID vaccine certificate online on social media can prove harmful for you.

Highlights
  • The government of India warns users against sharing the COVID vaccine certification on social media.
  • The vaccine certificate contains personal details like name, age, gender, among others.
  • The government of India issues a provisional certificate after the first/second dose of the vaccine.

COVID-19 has been created havoc in India in the past couple of months and it appears that vaccination is the only way to overcome this pandemic. Currently, there are three vaccines available in India, Covaxin from Bharat Biotech, Covishield from AstraZeneca, and Sputnik V. Government of India offers a COVID vaccine certificate for those who have received the first/second dose of the vaccine. However, sharing your COVID vaccine certificate on social media platforms can be harmful. In a post on Twitter, the government of India has warned users against sharing their COVID vaccination certificate online as they contain personal details like name, age, gender, among others and these can be misused by fraudsters.

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The tweet came out from the cybersecurity wing, Cyber Dost handle that is maintained by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the government of India. Covid-19 vaccination certificate contains your name and other personal details. Avoid sharing your vaccination certificate on social media platforms as it may be misused by cyber fraudsters to defraud you,” reads the tweet. After the first dose of vaccine, the government of India issues a provisional certificate that contains personal information, including the date of the second dose. The final certificate will be issued after the second dose.

This provisional vaccine certification will be deemed important in the future when travelling internationally. The certification can be downloaded via the Aarogya Setu app as well as the CoWin website and app. You just need to enter the beneficiary ID and tap on the get certification button to download.

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