1/ A: Make a copy, share it with your primary care provider, think before sharing it on social media, probably best not to laminate the original, and don’t panic if you lose it. 📱👛🍩
2/ 👌 DO THIS with your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card:

📷 Take a photo of the card.

Snap a photo of your official #CDC or other government-issued #vaccinationcard in case it gets lost. Take a photo after the first shot, and another one after your second shot.
3/ 👩‍⚕️Send it to your primary care provider.

Upload a copy of the completed vaccination card to main clinician or to your online medical chart so it can be included in your official vaccination records.
4/📱Ask for a digital copy.

Some pharmacy chains, like @Walgreens, are offering digital copies in case the paper copy is lost/damaged. @Walmart is launching an app for those who have been vaccinated in their pharmacies to share with 3rd parties looking to verify vaccine status.
5/ 🧓🏽 Help elderly relatives & family members.

Help your parents, grandparents & elderly relatives make digital copies of their vaccination records & send it to their health care providers, too.
6/ 👛 Print a copy for your wallet.

Keep your original vaccination record card in a safe place, but carry a digital copy & a printed copy with you, if possible.
7/ 🛂 Keep an ear out for news on (trusted) online vaccine registries.

This week, New York State is launching Excelsior Pass, an app providing a digital way to share your health & vaccine status. tinyurl.com/a7vh53bk
8/ On a global scale, @MyCommonPass & other non-profit organizations are working to do the same thing, but most aren't available or universally accepted yet. We'll watch this space for you, too.
9/ 🍩 Enjoy a donut.

@krispykreme is offering a free #donut to customers showing their vaccination record card, if that's your thing.

And Uber & Lyft are offering free or discounted travel to & from your vaccine appointment. tinyurl.com/j6exazsx
10/ ⛔ DON’T (rush to) DO THAT with your
COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card:

🤳🏿 Immediately share a selfie on social media.

Yes, it’s awesome to share your excitement with friends, but just make sure that you cover up any identifying info that isn’t already available online.
11/ 💳 Carry the original in your wallet.

Make several copies – both digital & print – so you don’t lose the record. There may be certain circumstances where you will need the original, but for the most part, it’s best to keep it with your passport and social security card.
12/ ✨ Laminate the vaccination card.

There is some debate about this. Some companies are offering free lamination services of the card, and several online sources recommend doing this. But we may need booster shots in the future.
13/ Records of the date & type of those boosters could be added to your original card to keep all the information in one place.

Instead, we suggest laminating a COPY of the vaccination card & carrying that in your wallet, keeping the paper card safe at home.
14/ 😱 Freak out that you lost your card.

Life happens. Good news: There should be a record of your vaccination with your state immunization registry. Bad news: It’s a lot like losing your passport. It will take time & putting up with some hassle. tinyurl.com/ch7pr9ey

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