What You Should and Shouldn’t Do With Your Vaccination Card

Kylie Rusco, Staff Writer

After you receive your COVID-19 vaccine you will get a card disclosing personal information like your full name and birthday, information about where you received the vaccination, as well as what type of vaccine you got. As more people receive their vaccinations, some have been eager to share the moment on social media. There are even some companies are even giving away freebies if you can prove you’ve been vaccinated. However, the one thing that is a definite is that you shouldn’t post your vaccination card  on social media as it gives away a lot of personal information.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warned people in a statement, that sharing this information could leave people “vulnerable to identity theft” or “help scammers create phony” cards. If you want to share that you were vaccinated try sharing something that doesn’t include your personal information. This could be something like a selfie at the vaccine site or a picture of the sticker you may receive. The BBB also recommends potentially adding a COVID-19-themed frame to your Facebook profile picture.

If you lose it, first contact the site where you were vaccinated since they are likely to have a record of your visit. You could also contact your state immunization registry. This is a system that exists for various vaccines and allows health departments to keep track of who has been vaccinated against illnesses.

Make sure it is always put in a safe place to reduce the risk of loss or damage. The idea of vaccine passports, using information about vaccination for travel, work or other activities, has become controversial in recent weeks, though we have seen that some countries have mandated proof of vaccination against other diseases in the past.

Some colleges have already announced that students will have to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to come to campus, like they do for other illnesses, and other settings, may set similar requirements.

Don’t post your vaccine card on social media without crossing out all personal information and make sure you keep it in a safe place.