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Public Notice of Data Incident

The vehicle of a vaccine clinic volunteer (who was in charge of filing and verifying the collected vaccine forms against the State database) was stolen on or about August 7, 2021. The theft was reported shortly thereafter. An investigation was conducted, and it was determined that a limited number of paper vaccine registration forms may have been in the vehicle at the time of the theft.

NOTE: This would NOT have affected the State’s electronic record of the vaccine having been given.

Potentially affected parties for whom the contact information was current have already been notified by letter.

An individual’s forms (if in the vehicle) may have included the North Carolina COVID-19 Vaccine Management System vaccine recipient registration information and CDC pre-vaccination checklist form with basic demographic information.

Fortunately, the form DID NOT have insurance information, a Social Security Number, bank routing information, or credit card information.

The volunteer was reminded to protect COVID-19 information and wishes to extend sincere apologies.

There is no evidence that vaccine information was the target of the vehicle theft, and to our knowledge, there has been no reported misuse of personal information. However, as always - in an abundance of caution, individuals are advised to remain vigilant and never give out personal information over the phone, and to routinely review financial account statements and credit reports and to report any inaccuracies to law enforcement.

If you received a vaccination at Carteret Health Care, Crystal Coast Civic Center, Newport Middle School or the previous location of Kmart in Morehead City between December 17, 2020 and April 29, 2021 and did not receive a letter, you may call 1-800-298-2295 for more information.

The toll-free number will be accessible for at least 90 days. Please leave a message and your call will be returned within 2 – 3 business days. For more information on protecting yourself from common frauds and scams, visit: https://ncdoj.gov/protecting-consumers/.