Protect Your Vaccine Record Card

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Apr 4 8:46am

I was just looking at my half-finished vaccination card. Next Sunday is my second vaccination. I can't wait. It's been well over a year that I've been out and about as most of us.

But hold on, what do I do with my card once I'm vaccinated? CNN has some wonderful tips.

First off make sure that all the information on the card is 100% accurate BEFORE you leave where you are getting vaccinated. (name, date of birth, and the date and location of the vaccine — for accuracy. )

Secondly, take a photo of both sides on your phone, for the first vaccination (if possible) and then the second. Keep a copy on your phone and email a copy to yourself. Then photocopy it and keep at least one copy with your important documents.

Lost cards or very damaged ones need to be replaced. Contact the provider of your vaccinations if you need to replace yours. You might want to jot down the time and place of your vaccination in case you lose your card and need to replace it. Visit your health department immunization information system (IIS). My state has a COVID-19 Vaccine Portal through the State Department of Health.

@merpreb Good ideas, Merry. But, I don't remember getting any card when I was first vaccinated at Mayo in Jan. I don't like the idea of a gov't or any mandated covid vaccination card, but think it's good for my records and if I ever need it.

I also think it would be a good idea for us to keep records of all vaccinations…..my med records w/PCP and Mayo have everything they know about. Wonder if most folks, children going to school, have such records? I remember having to show proof of vaccinations the first day of school every year, or update the records. Bet that's not done anymore and maybe should be since we've had resurgence of measles. It can be quite dangerous and spread like crazy, even more polio cases recently I think.

Interesting thought….Bless you for helping us all. elizabeth

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@ess77– To my knowledge everyone who has been vaccinated needs to be given a card with dates of your shots and your name and address. Could you have been given one and not payed attention to it?

If I were you I'd call the provider and find out about this. These cards are the only thing that we have that documents our vaccines.

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@merpreb

@ess77– To my knowledge everyone who has been vaccinated needs to be given a card with dates of your shots and your name and address. Could you have been given one and not payed attention to it?

If I were you I'd call the provider and find out about this. These cards are the only thing that we have that documents our vaccines.

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@ess77 and @merpreb

Merry, You are right…everyone gets a vaccination record card with the CDC logo on it. You bring the card back if you are getting the second shot. @ess77 Try to get a electronic or paper record of your vaccination then take a picture of it and keep it on your phone. All my grandkids records over the years are both paper and electronic. Even our 4 legged friends need proof of vaccinations if they are being boarded.

FL Mary

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What has anyone heard about laminating the vaccination card?

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@becsbuddy
Office Depot and Office Max and , I think Staples , will laminate your fax card for free. Amazon is already selling card holders …paper and plastic. I put a copy on my phone and just filed my original away. I made copies of my SS and Ins card at home on a piece of laminated type photo paper …cut them to size and put in my wallet. Originals just filed away.

FL Mary

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@imallears

@becsbuddy
Office Depot and Office Max and , I think Staples , will laminate your fax card for free. Amazon is already selling card holders …paper and plastic. I put a copy on my phone and just filed my original away. I made copies of my SS and Ins card at home on a piece of laminated type photo paper …cut them to size and put in my wallet. Originals just filed away.

FL Mary

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@becsbuddy
Okay that’s vax card not fax card but I know you knew that….the pros and cons of auto correct.

FL Mary

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@imallears

@becsbuddy
Office Depot and Office Max and , I think Staples , will laminate your fax card for free. Amazon is already selling card holders …paper and plastic. I put a copy on my phone and just filed my original away. I made copies of my SS and Ins card at home on a piece of laminated type photo paper …cut them to size and put in my wallet. Originals just filed away.

FL Mary

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@imallears someone told me that we couldn’t laminate them. Thanks for your info. Becky

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@becsbuddy

What has anyone heard about laminating the vaccination card?

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@becsbuddy– A lot of people are laminating their cards. It seems a bit redundant if it's on your phone but if you plane on carrying it around it might be a good idea.

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@becsbuddy

@imallears someone told me that we couldn’t laminate them. Thanks for your info. Becky

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Of course you can laminate the card!

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I have read that we should not laminate the vaccine record card because there might be need for a booster vaccine – and then it would have to be added.

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@rosemarya

I have read that we should not laminate the vaccine record card because there might be need for a booster vaccine – and then it would have to be added.

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@rosemarya– I just saw a video about that. There are other blank dates that could be filled in for boosters. Thank you!

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@merpreb

@rosemarya– I just saw a video about that. There are other blank dates that could be filled in for boosters. Thank you!

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I think that there would be a problem with entering the information over the layer of laminating film. Does the video address this issue?

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