There are a lot of questions surrounding the vaccination card. Until there is one centralized way to present proof of vaccination, that card is going to be very valuable. The card provides information regarding which vaccine you received, when to return for your second dose and serves as proof of vaccination.
Here are answers to some of the FAQ's I have been hearing:
1. Should I laminate my card?
Apparently some of the large office supply stores started advertising that they will laminate the card for free. This is actually NOT recommended since there may be additional information like booster shot details that need to be documented on that card. Instead, you can consider using a plastic sleeve to protect the paper.
2. Will there be a vaccination passport?
It is expected that there will be some type of vaccination passport to help with travel, however, right now there is no one, centralized app or website to upload your vaccination information. Some airlines have made it possible to upload the information into the app along with boarding passes. CLEAR has also included a digital upload feature for its members. We need to wait and see if there will be a unified approach to the proof of vaccination in the coming months.
If you are a NY resident, Governor Cuomo announced the new Excelsior App, in which New Yorkers can show proof of vaccination or a negative covid test for entrance into participating theaters, stadiums, arenas, and other events. Learn more about the Excelsior App here: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/excelsior-pass
3. What if I lose or damage my card?
The card is pretty important right now so it's best to keep it with your other important documents. It is recommended that you take a photo of front and back to have a copy. If you do lose it or it becomes damaged, try returning to the site you received the vaccine and ask if they can reissue one. Additionally, most states are asking administers to record who receives the shot, so check with your state if they have a database. I live in NY, as per the NYSDOH guidance, vaccinations are registered with NYSIIS/CIR which a physician can access.
Keep those vaccination cards safe!
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