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What to do if You Lose Your Vaccine Card

Last updated July 20, 2021

What to do if You Lose Your Vaccine Card

As the U.S. continues to loosen its COVID-19 restrictions, it’s important to know where your proof of vaccination card is. They are most likely going to be essential in the upcoming months to do many things outside of our homes, like attend concerts, board planes, or even attend class in-person.

If you happen to lose yours, don’t panic! There are ways to get a new one for free.

Here’s what to do if you lose your vaccine card, and how we recommend you prevent losing it!

what to do if you lose your vaccine card

Contact your vaccination site.

If you got vaccinated at a pharmacy, like CVS or Walgreens, call them. They’ll ask you for some information about yourself, and will be able to make you a new vaccine card.

If you got vaccinated at a major vaccination site, like a stadium, contact your county’s Public Health Department. They can point you in the right direction.

Look for your immunization records online.

Use this official list from the CDC to find your state’s contact information for requesting immunization records. Your COVID-19 vaccine information should be in there.

How to Avoid Losing Your Vaccine Card

Take a picture of it.

Not for the ‘gram, but for yourself. Taking a picture of the front and back of your card will come in handy if you ever find yourself without it when you need it.

*Note: you most likely will need your actual vaccine card when traveling, not just a picture.

**If you do decide to post to the ‘gram, hide your personal information (name, birthdate, vaccine date, etc.) You don’t want that info floating around the web!

Keep it in a safe place.

If you’re worried you might lose yours, try to store it in a safe place somewhere in your bedroom or dorm. You can also give it to a parent or guardian for safekeeping when you don’t need it!

How to Stay Healthy (even if you’ve been vaccinated)

Even if you are fully or partially vaccinated against COVID-19, you can still become infected. As the new Delta variant has begun to rapidly spread in the United States, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that you still:

  • Wear a mask indoors
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Social distance
  • Avoid crowds
  • Wash your hands often
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces daily
  • Cover coughs and sneezes

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