Man holding a COVID-19 vaccination record card

Keeping Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card Safe: FAQs

When it’s time for you to get your COVID-19 vaccine, whether it’s a two or one-dose shot, it’s important to keep your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card safe.

Your vaccination card is a record of what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it and where you received it.

Because the cards are made of paper and could easily get dirty or damaged, it’s important to keep your vaccination card in a safe place in case you need it in the future.

Here are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations for the best ways to keep your card safe:

Q. Where’s the best place to keep my vaccination card?
A. You can put your vaccination card away with other important personal documentation in a safe or file cabinet. Take a photo of your card as a backup copy.

Q. Is it okay to take a selfie with my card? I want to share with my Facebook friends.
A. Avoid the temptation of taking a selfie with your card and posting it on social media. You might put your personal information at risk, according to the Federal Trade Commission. You can show your vaccine support on social media by posting a selfie, without your card, but with your “I Got Vaccinated” Facebook frame or sticker.

Q. Is it okay to laminate my card so that it lasts longer?
A. You should probably rethink lamination. While it’s a great idea to protect them, if the cards have stickers affixed to them the heat involved in the lamination process can make them unreadable by turning them black. It all depends on how they were printed.

Learn how you can register for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment with Loyola Medicine.