If your COVID vaccination card is lost or stolen, here's how to replace it

If your COVID vaccination card is lost or stolen, here's how to replace it ...

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When you get your COVID-19 vaccine, you're given a white card that shows your vaccination status and acts as proof that you got the shot. What if you lose or damage it? Your COVID-19 vaccination certificate isn't kept on file at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some vaccine providers do, but what if you were shot at a mass vaccination site that's no longer around?

There's a good chance you won't be able to go to bars, Broadway shows, or gyms without your COVID-19 vaccination card. Because nearly 100 million Americans are subject to mandatory vaccinations, your employer may soon be asked for proof. Google, IBM, Twitter, and Uber are just a few of the companies that are requiring their employees to show proof they are immunised.

If you lost or damaged your card, we'll tell you how to get your vaccination certificate back. The latest on COVID-19 boosters and when the vaccine will be available for children are now available. Plus, here's what you need to know before you make a vaccine appointment. This article was last updated on February 27, 2019.

How to obtain proof if you visited a mass vaccination site?

Even if you received your COVID-19 vaccination at a mass vaccination site, like clerical or stadium, you can still get your record. Suppose you got the shot at a pop-up vaccination site that's no longer around and you lose your card. Contact your county's health department. Most states have a phone number, email address, and website to obtain your immunization records. You will most likely need to complete an immunization request form and provide a photo ID. The process and the timeframe may vary by state.

If you were not vaccinated with a state-approved provider, your health department in your state may not have access to your COVID-19 vaccination status. It may also be possible that your vaccination record hasn't been updated yet on your state's registry.

Your state may also have an online portal to retrieve your vaccination information, such as North Carolina's COVID-19 Vaccine Portal. North Carolinians who have been vaccinated with one of the state's providers and provided an email address may print their vaccination history from the portal.

How to check with your pharmacy?

If you've got your vaccination at a pharmacy, you are in luck. Your pharmacy will most likely have a record of your vaccination. You may take your driver's license or ID to the pharmacy to obtain your vaccination record for example, at Walgreens.

CVS does not even require you to leave your home. You can get proof of vaccination quickly from the organization's website or the CVS Health app. You may also visit the pharmacy to get a new card. If you're unsure, call your local pharmacy to learn what its procedure is, or check if there's an online portal to request information on its website.

How to obtain your vaccine record from a doctor?

Did you get vaccinated at a doctor's office, clinic, or healthcare facility? If that's the case, they may have a record of your shot. If that's not the case, they'll be able to point you in the right direction.

Your doctor's office or healthcare facility may have an app, like MyChart, that stores your proof of vaccination. Some physicians include vaccination papers and test results in the app, which is quick to download. However, because your information is accessible on the app, you may not be able to get a replacement card with the CDC's seal if your doctor'' s office doesn't have one. You may also be able to request a printed version of your vaccine record.

Remember, it's illegal to falsify your vaccination card.

It may seem silly to purchase a card and fill in the information yourself, but the above options are better than breaking the law. First, fake vaccine cards can cost a lot of money. It's also illegal to purchase a false vaccine card or provide your own information. You should never use a government seal without permission. Buyers and sellers are also both engaging in fraud. Even if you've had the vaccine, buying a fake card is still considered fraud and is punishable by fines and possible prison.

The US Customs and Border Protection regularly reports that it has seized thousands of fake vaccination cards across the country. The offense may be punishable by up to five years in jail or fines. So it's a good reminder to do everything you can to obtain your vaccination certificate in the correct way.

You can also use a digital COVID-19 vaccine card.

Some states, including California, Hawaii, New York, and Oregon, allow you to create a digital version of your vaccination card that you can view on your phone. I recently moved to another state and was able to use my digital vaccine card from my state to enter a restaurant there that required proof to be present. And the list of states that are releasing vaccine passport applications is expanding.

You may also be able to access the CDC's app, v-safe. If you signed up for it when you first received the shot, you're in luck. The app stores your vaccine information, so it's easy to locate it if the white card is lost or becomes worn. The CDC also provides step-by-step instructions on how to register for v-safe.

Nevertheless, you won't be able to retrieve a new vaccine card this way. If you lose your original vaccination card, the CDC does not keep extra vaccination cards.

Retrieving your proof of vaccination is possible, and there are a few approaches to try. There are a few methods to store your card on your phone (even putting iPhoto on it will work). Users of Samsung may download the CommonHealth app. Google has a way to make Android phones work. We'll update you as soon as there are more ways to safely store your vaccination card and the latest news on the possibility of vaccination passports.

The information contained in this article is intended for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for medical or dental advice. Consult a physician or other qualified health provider if you have any concerns about severities of arteries or health goals.

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