Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card: What You Need to Know

Right now, everyone in the U.S. ages 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. At your first vaccine appointment, you will receive a vaccination card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When you receive this card, you may be wondering what its purpose is, what you’ll need it for and what you should do with it. With the help of our friends at HR360, we’ve put together some information about your COVID-19 vaccine card that we hope employees and employers will find helpful.

How will I need to use my COVID-19 vaccine card?

Your COVID-19 vaccine card keeps information about your vaccination record for personal reference, and you may need to present it in certain situations. As such, you will need to keep your card. Situations where you may need to show your card include your second COVID-19 vaccine appointment (if you receive a two-dose vaccine), some activities (such as travelling, attending events, or entering venues) or perks offered by some businesses to those who have received the vaccine.

How can I keep my COVID-19 vaccine card safe?

It’s important to keep your physical document safe. Keep your vaccination card in a safe place for future use. Also, take a picture of your card (both sides) as a backup copy. Right now, healthcare providers are exploring digital copies of vaccine cards. However, at this time, the physical card remains the primary way for documenting your COVID-19 vaccination record. Some have said laminating your card could be a good way to keep it safe against “wear and tear,” but this could complicate updating the card if booster shots are needed. If you do decide to laminate your card, do it correctly and avoid damaging the card. Stores such as Office Depot OfficeMax and Staples are offering these services for free for a limited time.

What happens if I did not receive a COVID-19 vaccine card or if I lose it?

If you do not receive a vaccination card at your appointment, contact the vaccination provider site where you got vaccinated or your state health department to find out how you can get a card. If you lose your card, the CDC says to contact the vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record. If you cannot do that, you can also contact your state health department’s immunization information system (IIS) using this directory on the CDC website.

Your COVID-19 vaccination card is the best way to keep your vaccination record and to show you’ve been vaccinated. Make sure you keep close track of the card for when you want to reference your vaccination information, or show proof of vaccination. Employers, share this important information with your employees.

If you need more information or if you still have questions, please contact the Employee Benefits Management Group (EBMG) at Rose & Kiernan, Inc. here or by calling (800) 242-4433.

Note that news and events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine are changing quickly. The information provided in this blog post represents where things stand on the date of publication. 

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