Several companies offer free laminated COVID-19 vaccination cards for people to protect them from harm, but for some reasons, some public health officials advise against doing so, one of which is that booster doses may need to be recorded. Florida health officials warned that another reason is that the heat generated during the lamination process may destroy the information on the card or make it difficult to read.
Tom Iovino, Public Information Officer of the Florida Department of Health in Pinhelas County, told Fox4KC: “In some places, there will be a label on the card with the brand and batch number of the vaccine. These labels have already been printed. On the label of the thermal printer.”
Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told the American Association of Retired Persons that if intensified injections are needed, stacking cards will also make it difficult to record future vaccination doses.
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Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend or oppose laminating vaccination cards on its website, but it does state that it should be “used when needed later,” including the second injection, and should be retained. .
The agency pointed out: “After the second date, please consider taking a picture of the vaccination card.”
For those who have lost or did not receive the card, the CDC recommends contacting the website of your first shot vaccination provider or the state health department to find out how to obtain a copy. The CDC says that you can also contact the vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination records or contact the immunization information system of the state health department. If you have registered for these two programs, you can also access vaccination information through v-safe or VaxText.
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The agency pointed out: “If you have tried your best to find vaccination information, and cannot obtain a copy or replacement of the vaccination card, and still need to be injected again, please contact the vaccination provider.”