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What to do with your COVID-19 vaccine card

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When you get your COVID-19 vaccine, you will receive a CDC card listing the date of your vaccination, the vaccine manufacturer and the site where you got your shot. You will need to bring this card with you when you get your second or third dose if eligible. 

You may have heard proof of vaccination may be necessary to travel in the future. Even if that does not happen, you should still hold on to your vaccination card.

“It’s important to keep track of your medical records, including immunizations,” said Richard Martinello, MD, Medical Director of Infection Prevention for Yale New Haven Health. “If requirements change in the future, having proof of your vaccinations will make it easier for you to get up to date.”

The concept behind these records is not new. Proof of common childhood immunizations are often required for schools and certain shots are necessary for travelers heading to foreign countries. As venues open up, some businesses are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for larger gatherings like sporting events.

Can I post a photo of my card online?

It is tempting to want to share your card with your friends on social media, but remember there is personal information on there that you do not want to share with strangers. Releasing personal information online can make you a target of scammers.

Should I laminate my vaccination card?

No. Do not laminate your vaccine card right now because it is possible you will need an additional shot in the future. If that happens, your provider will have to document the date of your dose on your card. Keep your card with other important records in a place where you will not lose it. You might want to take a photo of your card to keep as a backup.

What do I do if I lose my vaccine card?

If you have a MyChart account with Yale New Haven Health, you can look up the date of your vaccination and the vaccine's manufacturer there. You can also get a copy of your card from the Immunization Information System called CT WiZ at the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Learn more about CT WiZ here.