Does the Houston Department of Health send out emails asking people to update their vaccination records? Does the US Census Bureau really want to know how you spent your stimulus money?
The VERIFY team has heard from several people who have received surveys with such questions.
You wanted to know, are they real?
An email appears to have come from the Houston Department of Health’s immunization office. It tells the recipient that the Texas Immunization Registry shows that their COVID-19 vaccination record needs to be updated.
It asks the person to call the COVID-19 call for help and includes a link to a survey to confirm that you’ve read the email message.
Tammy wrote to the VERIFY team, “I’m concerned this is a scam … and I want to … check this out.”
Our source for this is the Houston Health Department.
A spokesperson tells the VERIFY team, “Yes, it’s legitimate. The Houston Health Department sends out emails like the one you forwarded to me. “
This will allow us to verify that the Houston Department of Health is sending emails requesting updated vaccination information.
There’s another email asking people to take a survey to help policymakers make decisions about the finances, education, employment, and mental health of Americans during the pandemic. The email appears to be from the US Census Bureau.
Keith asked us to check this out.
Our source for this is the US Census Bureau.
According to the agency’s website, the survey began in April. It asks questions about how various things like childcare, employment and consumer spending related to stimulus payments have been affected by the pandemic.
If you are selected to participate, you will receive an email from email@example.com or a text message from 39242 *.
Each page of the survey contains an eight-digit Office of Management and Budget (OMG) approval number.
This is how we can verify that both surveys are real.
Not everyone gets the census poll. The Bureau randomly picks addresses scientifically selected to represent the US population.