6 important things to know about your COVID-19 vaccine card
Posted by Allison Khin on May 3, 2021
As the world begins to open again, a vaccination card is one of the best ways to ensure safety in all environments. I know that I can’t wait to go to concerts, sports games, and so much more, and a vaccination card allows for that to happen! Upon getting vaccinated, whether it be a single shot or the first of two shots, you will receive a vaccination card. We spoke with Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Sarah Lynch, who shared these tips for everyone in the Binghamton community who is being vaccinated.
1. The cards serve as proof of inoculation against COVID-19
Most clinics and pharmacies that administer any type of vaccine will provide some sort of documentation, and this card standardizes that process. The cards include the most important information about the vaccine, as well as the date and site where the doses were administered, and appointment dates for second doses – so they serve as a handy and efficient way for sites to share information with individuals coming in for their vaccine.
2. The cards contain important information about you and the vaccine you received
The cards include personal information, such as name, date of birth and medical record number (if applicable). But they also include important information about the vaccine administered – the manufacturer (Moderna, Pfizer, Janssen), the date administered and the vaccination site. It also includes specific information about the specific shot you were given, like the lot number. This is important if an adverse event occurs and needs to be reported, because in rare instances these may be tied to a specific lot number. There is also a spot on the card to place the date of the second appointment, which helps with the scheduling logistics associated with the two-dose mRNA vaccines.
3. They’re a good reminder
In the short term, the cards provide us with a reminder of a second appointment for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. They also remind us of the dates administered, which will become especially important if it turns out that booster vaccines are needed at a certain point.
4. In the long term, the cards may serve to gain access to events and travel
It can be compared to the vaccine requirements many colleges have for students and medical centers have for employees, where individuals must submit documentation of vaccination or antibody titers to certain infectious diseases.
5. You should take good care of your card
Laminating can help keep the card in good condition. Certain office supply stores are laminating COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards for free. It is also recommended to scan a copy of the card for your own files, as a backup. Taking a picture of the front and back and saving it on a mobile device will mean that most people will have the card information on them at all times. Finally, some states are rolling out digital vaccine passport applications. These will allow the card information to be logged in a digital app that can be easily accessed on a mobile device and shared at events where documentation is required, eliminating the need to carry around the physical card.
6. If you lose your card, return to the site where you received the vaccination
Your site has records of all the information on the card and should be able to issue you a new card.
Allison Khin is an intern in the Office of Media and Public Relations and a senior majoring in English rhetoric. She loves scrolling on social media, listening to Queen and watching "The West Wing."
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