Several companies offered to laminate people’s COVID-19 vaccination cards for free in an attempt to protect them from harm, but several public health officials have advised against doing so for several reasons, one of which is the potential need to record booster doses. Another reason, a Florida health official warned, is that the heat from the lamination process can ruin the information on the map or make it difficult to read.
“In some places, a label is placed on the card that speaks of the vaccine label and batch number, and they have been printed on thermal printer labels,” said Tom Iovino, information officer for the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, Fox4KC.com. “So what happens if you put them through a thermal laminator, they will be completely black and unreadable.”
Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told AARP that lamination of the card would also make it difficult to detect future vaccination doses should the need for booster shots arise.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not currently advise against or oppose the lamination of vaccination cards on its website, but notes that you should save it “if you need it for future use”, including for your second shot.
“Consider taking a photo of your vaccination card after your second recording as a backup,” the agency notes.
For those who have lost the card or do not receive one, the CDC advises contacting the vaccination provider’s website where you got your first shot, or the state health department to find out how to get a copy. The CDC said you can also contact the vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record or contact the state Department of Health’s immunization information system. You can also access your vaccination information via v-safe or VaxText if you signed up for both programs.
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“If you have made every effort to find your vaccination information, are unable to obtain a copy or replacement of your vaccination card, and still need a new shot, talk to a vaccination provider,” the agency noted.