If you’re among the millions of people who’ve received a vaccination for COVID-19, you were given a card that shows your vaccination status. Currently, there are several digital vaccination “passport” initiatives that could make sharing your vaccination status easier to share, but until that happens, you’ll want to keep your white vaccination card. Below we’ll outline everything you need to know about your vaccine card and why it’s important to keep it safe.
What’s on a Vaccine Card?
The 4×3-inch card vaccine card, which is given after your first shot and then updated if your vaccine requires a second one, includes the vaccine manufacturer, the dose number(s), and the date and location where each was administered.
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What if I Lose My Card?
If you lose your card and received your vaccine from Baptist Health, it’s possible to obtain a replacement card. Please call 800.444.0310 to make arrangements with the vaccine clinic that initially administered the vaccine.
Vaccinations are also tracked by state health departments, so you can reach out to your state’s agency to get a replacement card. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a list of contact information for the Immunization Information System in each state, which you can see here.
How Should I Safeguard My Card?
First, take a picture of your card (front and back) with your smartphone, so you’ll have the information in your photo library, then email it to yourself for backup. If you don’t have a smartphone, get a photocopy and store it separately along with your important documents for safekeeping.
We understand the excitement and the desire to share the good news, but refrain from sharing a photograph of your vaccine card on social media. Doing so is handing valuable information over to someone who could use it for identity theft.
Laminating your card can make it more durable, but there’s some concern that it would prevent information from future booster shots to be added. The CDC currently doesn’t have a standard on whether or not the COVID-19 vaccine card should be laminated or not.
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Do I Need A Vaccination Card to Travel?
In some cases, yes. Border entry requirements are set by governments, not by airlines or by the International Air Transport Association. Some destinations and cruise lines have started requiring that travelers be fully vaccinated before they travel.
At present, airlines aren’t requiring vaccinations for travel, but that may change as the industry continues to talk about the issue.
More Questions About Your Vaccine Card?
If you have more questions about the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the card you’ll receive after getting your shot, please visit the CDC.
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