Lose Your Vaccination Card? Here’s What To Do
Everyone that receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, gets a vaccination card that records the type of vaccine and the date of the shot.
What happens if you lose the card?
NEWS 4 (WIVB-TV) says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend to begin with... take a photo of both sides of the card, in case you lose it.
But if do lose your card, here’s what the CDC says you can do:
Contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record.
If you can’t reach the vaccination provider, contact your state health department’s immunization information system. You can find state IIS info here.
If you enrolled in v-safe or VaxText, you can access your vaccination information through those tools.
If you have made every effort to receive a copy of your vaccination card and still need a second shot, talk to a vaccination provider.
Other things to remember:
When you receive your vaccination card, don’t post a selfie, watchdog groups say.
According to the Better Business Bureau, posting your vaccination card on social media can make you the victim of identity theft.
“Your card has your full name and birthday on it, as well as information about where you got your vaccine. If your social media privacy settings aren’t set high, you may be giving valuable information away for anyone to use,” the group warns.
The Federal Trade Commission echoed that warning of the threat of identity theft when posting a photo of your card.
Scammers in Great Britain have reportedly been caught selling fake vaccination cards on eBay and TikTok, and “it’s only a matter of time before similar cons come to the United States.”
BBB recommends the following actions to keep yourself safe:
Share your vaccine sticker or use a profile frame on Facebook.
Review your security settings on social media to double-check whom you're sharing your posts with.
“Think twice before participating in other viral personal posts,” the bureau said, including those that display what kind of cars you’ve owned, your favorite songs and your favorite TV shows. These “favorite things” are commonly used for passwords and security questions.
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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.