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Your COVID Vaccine Card: 5 Things You Should Know

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If you've already scheduled or received the COVID-19 vaccine, then you're familiar with the COVID-19 vaccination card. This small, white card contains valuable information about:

  • Which COVID vaccine you received
  • Date you received your vaccine
  • Where you received it

Although it’s not necessary to show your card in public right now, it’s important to keep it on hand. In the future, your vaccine card may be required for flying, attending classes or doing business through your employer.

Because of this, it’s a good idea to keep your card safe. Here are 5 commonly asked questions after receiving your vaccination card:

1. What’s the first thing I should do when I receive my vaccination card?

Make a few copies. Take a picture of the front and back of your vaccination card. You can snap an image with a digital device such as your phone, make a photocopy of it or scan it. Although it’s not required at this time, you can keep a digital copy or photocopy with you at all times, in the event you might need it.

2. Should I laminate my COVID vaccine card?

You may not want to laminate your card just yet. That’s because information, such as booster shot date and location, may need to be added to it. A booster shot is when you’re given another dose of the vaccine to help boost your immune system. You can probably laminate your card in the future, once a digital permanent record system is in place.

What you can do in the meantime is buy a plastic sleeve, like the ones used for ID badges, to keep your card free from stains or smudges.

3. How should I keep it safe?

Treat your card no differently than a birth certificate, a social security card or a credit card. Put the original card away in a safe place, just like you would any important document. Avoid putting your card in your wallet or purse, because either could be stolen or misplaced. Instead, keep one of your card copies in your wallet or keep a copy on your phone.

4. What if I want to post a photo of my card on social media?

If you want to share your vaccine status on social media, avoid posting a picture or video of your card. It contains personal information, such as your birthdate, that can be used for identity theft. Many social media sites offer badges and buttons that you can feature on your profile instead.

5. What if I lost my COVID vaccine card?

If you lose your card, don’t panic. Contact the clinic or pharmacy where you received your vaccination. You should be able to get a replacement card. You may also reach out to your state’s immunization registry through the Department of Health to obtain proof of vaccination.

If you do not receive a vaccination card when you get your COVID-19 vaccine, talk to the clinic or pharmacy where you received your vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends contacting your state’s health department to find out how you can get a card.

At this time, vaccination cards are not required to travel or to attend events, but that can change in the future. Keeping your vaccination card safe will ensure you stay two steps ahead.

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