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What to Do With Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card

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What to Know

  • Your vaccination card contains important information.
  • You should store your vaccine card with other important documents like your passport and birth certificate.
  • If you lose your card, the state health department keeps a record of everyone vaccinated.

It’s the little white card that’s beginning to bring a sense of normalcy to millions of us: the COVID-19 vaccination record card. Now that you have one or will likely get one soon, Consumer Reports explains what to do with it to protect your personal health information.

Consumer Reports’ health editor says the most important info on the card is the drug and lot numbers. They allow the manufacturers to track where and when different batches were made to better trace and coordinate a response if contamination or other problems are detected.

If you’d like to add an extra layer of protection to the card, consider putting your card in a protective plastic sleeve. This way you can take it out and if you need to, add any information about booster shots in the future.

Then, store the card where you keep other important documents like your passport and birth certificate.

But what happens if you lose your card? Don’t panic. Contact the location where you got your shot. It keeps a record of everyone vaccinated there and files it with your state’s immunization registry.

You can find a list of state health department immunization registries and contact details on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Consumer Reports says that digital vaccine passports are a fast-developing option, so if travel is in your plans, you’ll want to look into what documents or apps might be required. You may need more than one app depending on what you’re trying to do.

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