By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — City Attorney Mike Feuer Wednesday warned Los Angeles residents to beware of COVID-19 vaccine scams.

Feuer said although the first COVID-19 vaccines are being administered by Pfizer, they are not yet available to all.

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People should beware of texts or calls or house visits from people claiming they have a vaccine or can give people early access to an inoculation, he said.

“While this is terrific news, the vaccine won’t be available on a widespread basis until spring or early summer,” Feuer said. “In the meantime, that means there will be a wait, and that wait is surely an opportunity for scammers to try to sell you fake vaccines that are ineffective at best and dangerous at worst.”

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Feuer also advised people to contact their elderly family members with the information, as they can be the most vulnerable to being scammed.

“The (Food and Drug Administration’s) approval of a COVID-19 vaccine is certainly a promise of light at the end of the tunnel, but it’ll take some time to roll it out, so be patient and don’t give away your hard-earned money or your personal information for a fake vaccine that can’t help you, but could hurt you,” Feuer said.

People should report attempts of selling fake COVID-19 vaccines to the Federal Trade Commission at or at

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