What To Do – and Not Do – With Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card

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Many people are coveting their COVID-19 vaccine card. Not only does it provide the peace of mind of knowing that you are now protected against contracting a serious case of coronavirus, but many people think it will be their ticket to life getting back to “normal”. Plus, in some cases, it can get you free stuff (like Krispy Kreme doughnuts). With over half of the U.S. adult population now vaccinated, the Today Show looked into what you should and should not do with your COVID-19 vaccine card.

DO NOT post your card on social media. Your vaccine card contains personal information like your full name and birthdate as well as where you got the vaccine. To protect yourself from possible identity theft, the Better Business Bureau recommends you keep your card private. If you want to share the news that you have been vaccinated, then maybe post a selfie from the vaccination site (many even have selfie stations set up) or a picture of the sticker you received.

DO NOT laminate your card. It’s possible some types of vaccines will require a booster shot, and that information would need to be added to your card. If you are looking for a way to protect your card, consider a small clear pouch like those used for nametags on convention lanyards.

DO keep your card in a safe place. You do not need to carry your COVID-19 vaccine card with you. Experts recommend keeping it in a safe and secure place, such as where you store your passport. Frequent travelers might want to keep their COVID-19 vaccine card in the same place they keep their yellow fever vaccine card, as you may need both for international travel in the future.

DO take a picture of your vaccine card. Make sure you can clearly read which vaccine you received, the lot number, and the dates you received your shot(s).

Do NOT panic if you lose your card. You should be able to get a replacement card from the site where you got vaccinated or through your state immunization registry.  

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