What to do if you have lost your COVID-19 vaccination card
CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) – Don’t worry if you’ve lost your COVID-19 vaccination card, there are several ways to get it replaced.
With proof of vaccination required to enter multiple workplaces, colleges, and even all indoor activities in New York City, the card can be your key to entry.
No matter where you took your photos, it is possible to get a replacement card.
If you got the vaccine at a local store or pharmacy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends contacting your vaccinator directly to receive a new card. This could be Walgreens, CVS, a local hospital, or your local pharmacy.
Walgreens and CVS both say they will write a replacement card for you based on their COVID-19 vaccination records.
If you’ve been vaccinated at Walmart or Sam’s club, a digital version of your card will be available soon, created by a coalition of private and public organizations. This initiative will also deliver an app to various businesses and organizations that will allow them to verify digital immunization cards.
The digital QR vaccination system will also be rolled out in the state of California and Louisiana and is already in use in New York via its Excelsior Pass.
If you have been vaccinated at a mass vaccination site
If you can’t contact a provider directly, or if you’ve been to a state-run mass immunization site, the CDC recommends contacting your state’s health department.
All vaccinations are reported to these agencies, and individuals can request a copy of their records.
An additional tool are the v-safe and VaxText online portals which are maintained by the CDC and can be used to access your information if you have registered with them after your shots.
The CDC also encourages everyone to take a photo of their immunization card as a backup if something happens to the physical version.
Be on the lookout for fake cards
With COVID-19 cards being required to enter more places, there has been an increase in fake COVID-19 cards.
Fake cards can be found for as low as $ 25 on Instagram and are prolific all over the internet.
In March, concern over fake COVID-19 vaccination cards prompted the FBI to issue a joint statement with the US Department of Health and Human Services urging people not to buy, create or sell vaccination cards. vaccines manufactured.
Unauthorized use of the seal of an official government agency such as the HHS or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a federal crime punishable by a fine and up to five years in prison.
In April, a bipartisan coalition of 47 state attorneys general sent a letter to CEOs of Twitter, Shopify and eBay to remove ads or links selling the fake cards.
Many sites have blacklisted keywords related to fake cards, but the places to buy the documents are still showing up on messaging apps, discussion boards, and the dark web.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.