Have You Been Vaccinated? Important CDC Vaccine Card Do’s and Don’ts

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The latest statistics show that as of right now, over 100 million Americans have already received at least their first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.

And all of them now possess not only excellent protection against a virus that has ravaged the world, but also a small white paper card measuring approximately 4 inches by 3 inches, or a larger piece of white paper.  It seems to take on a few different forms, but all of them carry the same name –  a CDC vaccination card.

Can You Travel Once You’ve Been Vaccinated?

The world of travel is coming to life again thanks to the number of people getting vaccinated around the world.

Keep in mind that the rules and guidelines vary by country as to what is currently being allowed in terms of traveling.  And even within countries the guidelines may still vary between states, provinces or territories.

But things seem to be slowly opening up so we have hope that this trend will continue.

In the U.S., according to new CDC guidelines, people who have been vaccinated are good to go for travel, as long as the destination they are traveling to allows them to visit.  That being said, there are still restrictions that must be followed.

That’s OK!  We can handle restrictions, right?  As long as we can travel!

It’s almost certain that one requirement for travel between countries may be the necessity to show proof of vaccination.  So that brings me to those flimsy little white cards or pieces of paper.

Some people have a hard time not totally destroying their laminated passports, drivers licenses, and other more substantial documents.  I’ve seen many dilapitated looking documents over the years.

So what exactly are we supposed to do with these flimsy excuses for a vaccine card?  After all, it sounds like this document will become every bit as important as your passport.

Here are some things to consider when it comes to your CDC vaccine card.

CDC Vaccine Card Do’s and Don’ts

Make A Digital Copy

Do make a digital copy of your vaccine card.  Either snap a pic of the front and back with your smart phone, or scan into your computer, or both.  Personally, I think it’s a good idea to have that image handy right in your phone in case you need it.

Forget About Sharing On Facebook

Don’t share that digital copy on Facebook!  Or on any other social media platform for that matter.  Come on guys, save vacation pics for Instagram!  Remember, that vaccination card has personal data on it.  By sending that image out into the social media universe, you’re putting yourself and your data at risk.  Just. Don’t. Do. It.

Don’t Carry It Around All the Time

Don’t carry your vaccination card with you at all times while you’re at home.  Keep it in a safe place along with other important documents.

Take It Traveling

Do take your vaccination card with you when you travel.

Don’t Panic If You Lose It

Well, my advice is, simply don’t lose it.  But don’t panic if you do lose it.  The place you received your vaccine has a record of all the vaccines they administed.  If you lose your vaccination card, start by returning to the place you received your vaccine.  If that was a pharmacy, start there.  If it was a state sponsored vaccine clinic, start by contacting your state department of health and asking how to obtain a replacement card.

To Laminate Or Not Laminate

The question is whether to laminate that flimsy little CDC vaccination card or not.  There are two schools of thought on this one.

On the one hand, it might be a bad idea to laminate it because that prevents anything being added to the card.  Like perhaps a booster shot in the future.  That makes sense.  I think I would recommend leaving the card in the original form and do your best to keep it safe and in one piece.

On the other hand, the vaccine situation is evolving very quickly, and it would seem likely that there will soon be some sort of digital universal vaccine passport that will be used for travel.  So in that case, it wouldn’t have mattered if you laminated it.

Time will tell on that one.

Either way, we’re very excited that the world of travel is opening up again!

If you’re planning a trip for yourself, be sure and use a trip planning checklist!  It’ll help you remember all the important details that sometimes get overlooked.

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Mary Emmer
Mary Emmer

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Mary is an online entrepreneur here at Still en Route where she uses her knowledge from a travel industry career beginning in 1984 to write about everything travel-related, sometimes with a baby boomer twist!  Read more.

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