CDC halts issuance of new COVID vaccination cards.

CDC halts issuance of new COVID vaccination cards.

Goodbye to Vaccine Cards: A Shift in Tracking COVID-19 Shots

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Remember those wallet-friendly cards that served as proof of COVID-19 vaccination? Well, it seems like their time in the spotlight is coming to an end. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stopped printing these cards, indicating a shift in how people will track their vaccination history in the future.

Don’t fret if you already have your vaccination card at home. As it turns out, those cards can still be used as proof of vaccination. And in many cases, you can even request your complete immunization history from the pharmacy or clinic where you received your vaccines.

Vaccination records may differ slightly depending on where you reside. Each state, and even some cities, maintain their own immunization registry. Depending on state laws, records may be available from these registries for vaccines received at mass vaccination events. This information comes from the Associated Press, who has reported on this matter extensively.

For example, in Texas, individuals need to provide written consent to be added to the immunization registry, according to David Andres Alegria, spokesman for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. On the other hand, in Wyoming, the state requires vaccine providers to log all vaccinations.

To make things easier, some states offer online platforms or apps where you can access your vaccination record. These platforms may even allow you to save a certificate or QR code for easy verification. Washington state, for instance, provides a COVID-specific list of a person’s vaccinations, as well as a comprehensive list of all past vaccines.

Jeff Chorath, who manages the immunization information system in Washington state, sees this shift as a positive outcome of the pandemic. He believes that having increased autonomy over one’s medical records, particularly the immunization record, is a significant advantage. The pandemic has brought about positive changes in various aspects of our lives, and this is one of them.

However, it’s important to note that some states may be less efficient or have gaps in their databases. For instance, if you received a vaccine from a federal health provider, it might be logged elsewhere. It’s crucial to check the specific regulations and guidelines in your state to ensure accurate documentation of your vaccination history.

Before this change, the federal government had already distributed a staggering 980 million vaccine cards, starting in late 2020. The halting of card production is mainly due to the federal government no longer shipping vaccines, as reported by the Associated Press. Even with this change, healthcare professionals like Heidi Gurov, a nurse consultant from the Wyoming Department of Health, still recommend holding onto your old vaccine cards. It’s always good to keep them in a safe spot, just in case.

As we bid farewell to vaccine cards, it’s crucial to adapt to the new ways of tracking our COVID-19 shots. Whether it’s through state registries, online platforms, or other innovative methods, it’s essential to stay informed about your immunization history. By doing so, we can ensure the safety and well-being of ourselves and those around us.

For more information and updates on COVID-19 boosters and vaccinations, please visit the official website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Source: Associated Press