What should I do after receiving my vaccination card?
Since there is not an official U.S. vaccine passport, state and local authorities are releasing vaccination cards. These are turning out to be the major valid proof that you are vaccinated, or the new “passport,” a precious ticket in return for the life of ordinariness.
After you have obtained your first shot, you will be delivered a vaccination card, not counting that an electronic record of your vaccination is filed by the state where you got the jab. When you have received it, make sure of all the relevant information entered on it, take it everywhere, and keep it secure. To protect it better, use a plastic sleeve used for badged names and IDs. Staples and Office Depots are offering free lamination for vaccination cards. However, lamination heat can damage the card’s ink, so you may want to think twice before you decide to add that extra protection layer.
Another way of keeping it safe is to hold the vaccination card on your phone. Once you receive it after getting the shot, open the camera app and take a picture of the card on the front and reverse sides. In this way, your physical document is easily accessible via your mobile phone, and it will be just a click away to show where it is needed. Or you may scan a copy of the card and keep it safe among your other relevant documents.
Some people have preferred sharing a vaccine selfie on social media with their birth dates covered up. This is not the best way to keep the card safe as there are people out there who use them to create fake ones. So, be careful and try to be as confidential as possible.
What should I do if I lost my COVID vaccine card?
Carrying your vaccination card from an excellent fish restaurant to a great basketball game may be a high-level risk. Or, it may simply drop from your wallet while paying for a can of beer, spill a coffee on it, or even forget it God knows where.
If, by any chance, you lose your vaccine card, do not panic: there is a way out for everything. The card is not the sole record of your vaccination record. If you got the vaccine at a pharmacy such as Walgreens, you can easily get a new card; simply return to where you got vaccinated and you will be handed a duplicate one.
If you have been jabbed at a major care provider, you may give that office a ring and ask for a new card to be arranged for you. If you made an appointment at a state-owned clinic, they must have generated a patient reference number for you. They can afterward pinpoint your track record in the system and will be able to provide you with a new card.
You may also contact the immunization registry (IIS) which is an information system that gathers vaccination data about all the people within a certain geographic area. This enhances the immunization records from a wide range of sources for every person living within a specific jurisdiction and allows health departments to trace all the people who have obtained a vaccine.
Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine Card
After a person receives the first vaccine appointment, they are handed a paper issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This COVID-19 vaccine card, which first and foremost is an appointment reminder, includes relevant information such as name, date of birth, medical record number, but also the manufacturer of the vaccine, the date administered, and the vaccination site. Yes, the lot number as well. All the information imprinted on the card is not only the main proof for the vaccination, but it is likewise the most important document at this time if circumstances do not change in the future.
Anyway, for the time being, they represent a gateway to a wide range of venues, events, and outdoor. In addition, many states are making these vaccine cards a sine qua non document for entering the country. So, keep it safe and take it everywhere you go
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