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What do you do with your vaccine card? Olmsted County Health gives guidance

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) — You got vaccinated. You are excited about it, and you have the card to prove it. Now what?

Olmsted County Public Health Services said it is getting a lot of calls from people wondering what they are supposed to do with their vaccine cards.

Olmsted County Public Health Community Health Specialist Abby Tricker said it’s important for people to know that the card is not an official medical record.

“You don’t need to carry it around in your wallet,” Tricker said. “You don’t need to show it as proof of vaccination to get into places.”

She said if you need to show proof of vaccination, getting a doctor’s note, or obtaining your records from the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection  would be the route to go since those are the official records.

Tricker said that although it may be exciting to share your vaccine card on social media, she said it’s not a good idea.

“If you want to make a post of it, make sure it’s an empty card,” Tricker said. “If you have your information on it, it could be replicated. Scammers have been taking information and making fake vaccine cards and selling them.”

She suggested sharing a sticker showing you got your shot instead.

Some people have been laminating their cards. Tricker said laminating won’t hurt anything, but make sure your information is correct first.

If you lose or misplace your card, Olmsted County Public Health posted guidelines:

Many people received a COVID-19 vaccine card when they received their vaccination. Some did not get a card and others have lost, misplaced or forgotten to enter the information needed. Individuals who need complete and official proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations have a couple of options:

  • If you received your vaccine at an Olmsted County Public Health clinic, send an email to: healthweb@co.olmsted.mn.us and request your vaccination information. Please include your full name and date of birth in the email. A screen shot of your vaccine record at Public Health will be sent within a few days of receipt.
  • If you received your vaccine at provider or pharmacy: contact provider directly and ask to have a copy of your vaccine record emailed, mailed to you, or available for pick up from your provider.
  • If you received your vaccine at any provider in Minnesota: use the link below to request a copy of your vaccine record from MIIC (Minnesota Immunization Information Connection). May take 5-8 business days.

Megan Zemple

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