I got a good piece of advice from the nurse at the Atlantic City Convention Center vaccination mega-site who gave me my second COVID-19 vaccination Thursday. She told me it was important to hold on to my vaccination card and said it was a good idea to keep it with me.

"You might even want to laminate the card in keep it in your wallet", she told me as she rolled down my sleeve.

Here's why.

The CDC recommends keeping your card as proof of vaccination in case you need it in the future.

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If you lose your card, it can likely be replaced, but ABC News points out it’s much easier to simply hold on to the first one given how overextended the nation’s health care systems are right now.

If you haven't gotten a vaccine shot yet, you will be given the card while they are administering your first dose of vaccine. It lists which of the three emergency-authorized vaccines you received, where you received it and the date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The agency has also referred to the cards as “second-dose reminders” since the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines both require two doses, about a month apart. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is single dose.

Experts say the cards could be used down the line to streamline certain activities such as travel.

“What these little cards have the potential to do is to make something like international travel easier by avoiding requirements for quarantine or testing,” Adalja told ABC.

- The card could also be used to prove your vaccination status to future employers.

- Information on the card — such as which vaccine and the lot number — may be useful down the line if booster shots are required, he added.

- Experts also say proof of vaccination could also be required for other common activities.

- Cards could be needed for school, entertainment venues or travel, or if you have to be retested and enter quarantine or produce proof of immunization

As my nurse told me, another good tip is to Laminate your card. Staples will laminate COVID-19 vaccine cards for free through May 1 at stores nationwide.

Source: ABC News, GMA


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