Now that you’ve finally got that Covid-19 vaccine registration card confirming that you’ve been vaccinated, should you do what you’re doing with something important in your life – have it laminated?
After all, nothing says, “I love you, I need you, I want to protect you,” just like lamination, does it? Didn’t Aqua tell you in the song “Barbie Girl” that “plastic life is fantastic,” even though that song wasn’t really about laminating vaccination cards?
There are many ways to laminate your Covid-19 vaccination card. For example, OfficeMax and Office Depot offer to copy your Covid-19 vaccine registration card and laminate the copy for free in their US stores until July 25, 2021. Apparently Staples is also offering free lamination until May 1. . this offer only applies to Covid-19 vaccine registration cards. So don’t try to swipe your One Direction fan club membership card at the same time. You can also buy a laminating machine if you feel the urge to laminate everything else in your apartment or house.
But before you rush to wrap your card in plastic, consider a few things. The Covid-19 vaccination record has several lines for each time you receive a dose of Covid-19 vaccine. Chances are, this won’t be the last time you get a Covid-19 vaccination. You will probably need a second dose if you have just received the first dose of Pfizer / BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. Additionally, the protective effects of the COvid-19 vaccine may not last forever. Chances are, you will need a booster dose soon enough. Laminating your card can prevent anyone from entering subsequent vaccinations on your card, as the following tweet warns:
Additionally, the lamination process could smudge or smudge the ink on your Covid-19 vaccine registration card, making it potentially unreadable. Therefore, if you plan to laminate your card, make sure that at least the ink is dry and make a copy of the card first. This will protect you in the event that a “smear campaign” occurs when the card is laminated. Plus, now is not the time to save on lamination. The card should be easily read through the lamination.
Whether your card is laminated or not, here are seven ways to protect this all-important card:
1. Take a photo of your Covid-19 vaccination card.
It shouldn’t be a selfie with you, “woooo!” Just include the actual map. And don’t be all artistic and use awesome cat lighting and filters. Make sure the photo shows all of the contents of the card as clearly as possible.
2. Don’t stop at just one copy.
It is a good idea to keep several copies of your Covid-19 vaccination card in different places. A copy can be easily lost. Two copies allow you to lose one and have yet another. Three copies is even better. Of course, 728,117 copies may be a bit too much. When you can’t find other things in your apartment or house under the stacks and stacks of copies of the Covid-19 vaccine registration card, you may have gone overboard.
3. Store the copies in a safe place.
Your Facebook page is not a secure location. Others, including strangers, can easily read and download anything you post. Treat this photo of your vaccination card as you would this photo of yourself naked on a pogo stick, away from the public. Additionally, while no one seems to be viewing your pages, Facebook and its algorithms are and who knows what they are collecting and where they are selling that information. In fact, do not post copies of your Covid-19 vaccine card on any social media platform. It would be like saying, “Hey, get my information, strangers!” I do not care. The same goes for dating apps and websites. Of course, “already vaccinated” may be more of a selling point than “can hold a shirtless fish” on a dating profile. But people could use your photo to make counterfeit immunization cards. Yes, shocking but true, people are willing to lie about things like getting the vaccine.
4. Store copies in a clean, reasonably air-conditioned place.
Protect your card from the elements, that is, anything that can damage the writing on the card or the material of the card. Do not keep your card under leaking pipes, in the toilet, on the windowsill, in the sauna, in your underwear, in a beehive, or in any non-air-conditioned area. And no, your underwear is not air conditioned. The climate can change drastically every few hours or so because of certain elements.
5. Ask your vaccination location how you can access the records in the future.
While there is no official national Covid-19 vaccine tracking system yet, the location and organization that gave you the vaccine may keep records. This assumes it was a legitimate vaccination site and not “a local donut shop washroom” or “some guy named Victor who is also trying to sell you jewelry”. Before leaving the vaccination site, ask them how you will be able to access your records if you lose your original Covid-19 vaccine card.
6. Keep a copy of your Covid-19 vaccine registration card with your other travel and identification documents.
You never know when and where you should have presented your Covid-19 vaccination card. In the near future, airlines, hotels, gyms, restaurants, and other businesses may require you to show proof of vaccination to enter and use their services. Therefore, it can be useful to have all the necessary documents in one place.
7. Do not let anyone make copies of your Covid-19 immunization card.
Your Covid-19 vaccine registration card will include sensitive information such as your date of birth. So don’t let anyone make copies of your card unless absolutely necessary and they will keep your information safe. Also, do not send copies of the card by email. Your email can be about as secure as a wicker safe.
Again, there is currently no formal system for tracking who has been vaccinated and who has not. This is because the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine in 2020 was about as well planned as a ballroom dance competition planned by groundhogs. The government could have put in place some sort of tracking system even before deploying the Covid-19 vaccines. But they didn’t. Therefore, it is your responsibility to maintain and protect your own records. You never know when and why you might need the card in the future.