Given all the new vaccination mandates out there today, there’s a chance you won’t get into restaurants, and gyms without your . And may soon have to submit proof to their employer that they got the shot. So it’s best not to leave home without your ID or proof of vaccination. There are even several ways to store your vaccination card on your phone so you can leave the paper card at home in a safe place.
But what happens if you lost or damaged your card? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t keep your proof of vaccination on file. But some vaccine providers do, even if you got the shot at a mass vaccination site that’s no longer around. We’ll tell you the best ways to recover your proof of vaccination and why you should never use a fake card or fudge your own.
And here’s the latest onand when the vaccine . Plus, here’s what you need to know before you , too. This story was recently updated.
How to get your vaccination record from a mass vaccination site
You can still get your COVID-19 vaccine record, even if you got your shot at a mass vaccination site, like a church or stadium. Suppose you got the shot at a pop-up vaccination site that’s no longer around and you lose your card. Contact your county state’s health department. Most states have a phone number, email address and website to get your immunization records. You likely need to fill out an immunization request form and submit a photo ID. The process and timeframe can vary by state.
Keep in mind that your state’s health department may not have access to your COVID-19 vaccine status if you were not vaccinated with a state-approved provider. It could also be possible that your vaccine record has not been updated on your state’s registry yet.
Your state may also have an online portal to retrieve your vaccine info, like North Carolina’s COVID-19 Vaccine Portal. North Carolinians that got vaccinated with one of the state’s providers and provided an email address can print their vaccine record from the portal.
How to get vaccination proof from a pharmacy
If you got your vaccination at a pharmacy, you’re in luck. Your pharmacy most likely has a record of your vaccination. For example, at Walgreens, you can take your driver’s license or ID to the pharmacy to get your vaccine record.
And you don’t even need to leave your home if you use CVS. You can get proof of vaccination quickly on its. You can also visit the pharmacy to get a new card. We suggest calling your pharmacy to ask what its protocol is if you’re unsure or see if there’s an online portal to request your information on its website.
How to get your record from a health clinic or doctor’s office
Did you get vaccinated at a doctor’s office, clinic or healthcare facility? If so, they may have a record of your shot. If not, they’ll be able to point you in the right direction.
Your doctor’s office or healthcare facility may have an app, like MyChart, that stores your proof of vaccination. Some physicians put vaccine documents and test results in the app, so it’s easy to grab. But keep in mind that just because your information is available on the app, you may not be able to get a replacement card with the CDC’s seal if your doctor’s office doesn’t offer one. However, you may be able to ask for a printed version of your vaccine record.
Why you should never falsify your vaccine card
It may seem tempting to buy a card and fill in the information yourself but the above options are better than breaking the law. First, purchase a fake vaccine card or fill in your own information. You should not use a government seal without permission. And buyers and sellers are both committing fraud. Even if you’ve had the vaccine, if you buy a fake card it’s still considered fraud and is punishable by fines and possibly jail.. Most importantly, it’s illegal to
The US Customs and Border Protection regularly reports seizing thousands of fake vaccine cards across the country. The crime is punishable by up to five years in jail or fines. So it’s a good reminder to do everything you can to retrieve your proof of vaccination the right way.
How to use a digital COVID-19 vaccine card for proof
Some states — including California, Hawaii, New York and Oregon — let you create a digital version of your vaccination card that you can see on your phone. I recently traveled to another state and was able to use my digital vaccine card from my state to enter a restaurant there that required proof to enter.
You may also be able to use the CDC’s app, v-safe. If you signed up for it when you first got the shot, you might be in luck. The app stores your vaccine information, so it’s easy to retrieve it if the white card is lost or becomes worn. The CDC also gives step-by-step instructions to register for v-safe.
However, you won’t be able to retrieve a new vaccine card this way. The CDC does not keep extra vaccination cards if you lose your original copy.
Retrieving your proof of vaccination is possible and there are a few ways to try. But before you lose your card, there are a few ways to store it on your phone (even a clear photo of your card will work). can use the CommonHealth app. And Google has phones. We’ll update you as soon as there are more ways to safely store your vaccination card and the latest on the .
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.