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Hang Onto That COVID-19 Vaccination Card Because It May Just Be Your Ticket To Resuming Normal Life

If you were lucky enough to get your free COVID-19 vaccination, you should have received a white notecard that acts as a certification for your single or two step dose.

This square card proves that yes, you have had the COVID-19 vaccination(s) but don’t treat this card as a receipt.

It’s critical that you stash this card away somewhere important and here’s why.

This precious piece of paper should have the brand of vaccine you received and the dates you got the shot.

According to public health experts, it’s important to keep that information handy just in case you need to prove your vaccination status or for possible future booster shots, but that’s not all.

“It’s important for people to have a record of which vaccine they received and when they got their shots,” Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, vice chair of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s global health committee and an emerging leader in biosecurity at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told ABC News. “It’s your proof that you got your vaccine.”

Dr. Krutika Kuppalli

Dr. Krutika Kuppalli also said

“Whether it’s school, entertainment venues or travel, there’s going to be an expectation that to resume these activities you have to be retested and enter quarantine or produce proof of immunization,” said Brownstein.

Dr. Krutika Kuppalli

Keep in mind that your vaccination card could be your potential ticket to freedom in the upcoming months so protect it with care, and if you do happen to lose your card, there are a few ways to get it replaced.

Number one being to visit the facility you got the vaccine shot because they should have your records on file.

You can also call your state’s department of health which should also have a record of your vaccination according to Adalja.

National chains such as CVS or Walgreens also promised to have apps that that show your vaccination records if you received the shot with them.

Dr. Krutika Kuppalli also suggests that once you have your card, take a photo on your phone, that way you have a photo of proof everywhere you go as long as you have your cellphone on you.

It’s inevitable that relying on a fragile piece of paper is likely to get lost somewhere down the line, which is why several private companies and organizations are developing secure apps to show a person’s COVID-19 vaccination record.

All in all, stash your COVID-19 vaccination somewhere safe because who knows when you’ll need it in the future.