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Lost or damaged your COVID vaccine card? Here is what to do

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MINNEAPOLIS (UKTN) – No side effects from the vaccine for Minneapolis resident Jane Kaley. Just that 4 x 3 inch piece of paper proving she received the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I knew the bandage was on my arm and that was about it,” Kaley said.

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Her husband decided to laminate the cards.

“So he took the map and left, he came home and said, ‘Do you want to know the good news or the bad news?’ And then he showed me my card, ”Kaley said.

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When her husband laminated the card, she transformed the sticker label with his name in black. The person working at the store told her husband that he had seen this happen before.

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“He said, ‘Oh, it’s like a heat label, you shouldn’t be doing that,” Kaley said.

It is a good idea to take a photo of the front and back of your card as a digital backup and keep the card with your medical records in a safe place.

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But is it a good idea to publish your map online? The Minnesota Department of Health says that if you post, withhold private information, like your date of birth. If you ruin or lose your card, don’t panic. The state keeps track, so this paper thing isn’t the only record.

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Although Allina Health tells UKTN that the cards come with the vaccine supplies, she will give you a new one if she has enough. Otherwise, they can print a patient’s medical record. So start by asking where you got your photo from. If that doesn’t work, contact the state here to get a new copy of your immunization records.

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MDH says you can laminate your card if you want, but wait until you are fully immunized so providers can update the card after your second dose. MDH also says that if you are from Minnesota and have been vaccinated in the state, you do not need to contact your health care provider to let them know you have been vaccinated. It will be entered into the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC), a system used by providers to update patient records.

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