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Six different ways to carry your vaccine card

Nowadays, certain scenarios such as concerts, college campuses and sporting events require attendees to have a COVID-19 vaccination. But let’s face it: vaccination cards are just an awkward size. At 4-by-3 inches, it’s too large to fit like a credit card in your wallet or phone case. 

Also, the card’s material is a thick paper that is asking to be creased and bent if thrown into a purse or pocket. So, how does a vaccinated individual carry their card? Check out six different ways to keep your vaccine card handy:

Vaccine card holder

Specifically designed in the perfect shape, a vaccine card holder shows you got the shot in style. They come in a variety of styles, some with a flap cover and others simply a sleeve. The holders are a great way to let your personality shine. Have fun with it and pick one to match your purse or one with puns or bold patterns. 

Vaccine card holders are becoming more common in the online shopping world. They can be found through small businesses on Etsy, like this black holder with a fun holographic image, or a spunky plague doctor style holder. Also, larger-scale retailers like Amazon and resale stores such as Poshmark sell card holders too. 

Lanyard 

Using a lanyard will keep a vaccination card around one’s neck at all times. A clear plastic card sleeve attached to the bottom of the lanyard gives peace of mind to those afraid they may misplace or forget their vaccination card. The lanyard method is a smart way for the elderly or young children to keep track of it when needed. Individuals can pick a lanyard that fits their vibe, such as one that matches their outfits or represents their favorite sports team. 

If looking to buy in bulk, shoppers can find a five pack of lanyards with holders for about $7 on Amazon. Never lose your lanyard with a bright and waterproof holder such as this one from Walmart

Passport holder 

Traveling internationally may require proof of vaccination. Instead of trying to balance carrying your phone, passport, luggage, boarding ticket and vaccination card next time you travel, keep all your important documents in one place with a passport holder that has a vaccination card sleeve. 

A leather material outside offers durable protection while traveling. Pick a carrier in your favorite color; this one from Amazon comes in nine different colors and is only $10. 

The attached clear pocket makes showing proof of vaccination a simple and quick process. Buyers can also choose a passport holder with RFID-blocking ability. RFID-blocking prevents electronic pickpocketing, a feature that could come in handy when traveling. 

Wristlet 

Looking for something smaller than a purse but larger than a wallet? Try using a wristlet. Wristlets are a small handbag with a short strap worn around the wrist. They are a good size for carrying your vaccination card while also having space for a few other essential items. Plus, the zipper top ensures the card will not go anywhere. 

Wristlets range in price and can be found anywhere purses are sold such as in a thrift store, department store or boutique. If you are on a budget, Walmart has cute options for $20 and under or if looking to splurge, buy from a higher-end brand like Kate Spade, whose wristlets range from about $90 to $200 dollars. The designs for wristlets are endless, so you can find a pattern or color scheme that will last all year or change the style with the seasons. 

Key ring 

If you drive everywhere, then a set of car keys are always attached at the hip. So, invest in a vaccination card case with a key ring that you can attach to your set of car keys. 

Choose from a range of colors in leather from this Etsy shop or purchase a two pack from Amazon so you and a friend can twin in style. Attach the holder and keys to a full-length lanyard or wristlet style lanyard for maximum convenience. 

Picture

Take a picture of the front and back of your vaccination card. It can potentially save the day when in a pinch. However, not all places and events accept photo evidence, some require physical proof of vaccination. 

Check the website or social media of the location or event to see their proof of vaccination policy. To keep the photo readily available, iPhone users can favorite the image in their photos or save the photo in the notes app and pin the note. Android users can download a photo widget app that saves the photo in a thumbnail on the home screen. 

While it may be tempting, skip posting a photo of your vaccine card on social media. It potentially shares personal information with scammers or thieves. Instead, post a selfie with a fun caption about receiving the vaccine or an informational infographic to share the news. 

Bonus

Laminating a vaccine card can prevent it from everyday wear and tear damage. Most office supply stores such as Office Depot or shipping centers like FedEx offer laminating services. It is a quick process that can be done in-store and often on the same day or within 24 hours. 

Now, the card can be put in a back pocket or purse without the worry of getting wrinkled. However, it is recommended that if you are planning on potentially receiving a COVID-19 booster shot or still needs a second dose, wait to laminate your card. There are spaces for recording future shots and sealing the card in plastic would prevent adding information.  

If you lost your vaccine card, it’s OK. It can be replaced. First, reach out to the vaccination provider, whether it be a pharmacy, vaccine location or a local government office. If the provider cannot be reached, contact your respective state health department’s immunization information system. Then, the state health department can email or mail a copy of the vaccination card, which may take one to two weeks, according to USA TODAY.   

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