KANSAS CITY, Kan. – People who received their COVID-19 vaccination have a card to prove it. But what if it is lost or damaged?
The good news is that You don’t need to show the card to receive a booster, if needed. When you return to the location of your booster, this site will have an electronic record of your shot.
It might be different if Americans have to come up with evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations at some point, but health experts say things must change before that happens.
“I don’t think those cards you got with the vaccine can necessarily become a vaccination record, if you will, because they’re not very permanent,” said Dr. Steve Stites, Chief Medical Officer at KU health system said Monday.
The cards can be lost. They can also get wet or tear, which can easily destroy them. All of these are reasons why the cards cannot realistically be used as a so-called vaccination certificate.
“I think we need to find a long-term solution besides that little card, if there actually is one, if you actually have a vaccination record,” Stites said.
“I would imagine CVS and Walgreens would have a pretty good electronic record of the number 1 record of your prescriptions. If you got your vaccines, shingles, pneumococcal or pneumonia vaccine, annual influenza vaccine and vaccination, they should probably get these record.” Dr. Dana Hawkinson, director of infection prevention and control in the health system, said.
People who have been vaccinated elsewhere must contact the authority or department responsible for the particular vaccination clinic where they received the shot.