Thankfully, a very wise nurse gave me some good advice after I got my second vaccination shot.

She was ahead of the curve.

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If you haven't gotten vaccinated yet, after your first dose you'll receive a white vaccine record card.

This card will have your name and date of birth on it and also the date(s) of your shots, the lot the vaccine came from, the manufacturer, and the location it was administered.

The card looks like this.

Oregon VA Hospital Administers COVID-19 Vaccine To Staff
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This is important.

DO NOT LOSE THIS VACCINATION CARD!

For the foreseeable future, this card will be just as important as your driver's license in many cases.

Event venues and other locations are requiring you to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

Early in 2021, retailers like Staples and Office Depot were offering free lamination of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.

In the photo above, you'll notice there are four rows. The first row says "1st Dose COVID-19," and the second row says "2nd Dose COVID-19." The remaining two rows simply say "Other."

I asked a nurse where I got my vaccination what "Other" means and they told me that those rows are there in the event that we need a "booster" or "additional vaccination."

This was back in April, so clearly this nurse was ahead of the curve. She wouldn't admit it, but it was almost like she knew we were going to need a booster, or two if you're going by the card.

Laminating this card will prevent officials from adding to the "Other" section of the card when you get your booster.

This card is not damage-proof. It will get beat up depending on how active you are and how much you travel.

Once you get your completed COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card you should do the following:

  1. Photocopy both sides and keep it with your health records.
  2. Take a picture of both sides of the card on your phone. With the card saved in your camera roll, it's digital and you can even print it if you have to. There are apps that allow you to save a copy of the card on your phone.
  3. Keep the physical card in a very safe place. You shouldn't carry it with you in your wallet or purse. In most cases, you'll know ahead of time when you'll need to present it.

I bought this on Amazon.

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It's a clear sleeve that you can put your card in. I got two for $7.

Just a helpful tip that I wanted to pass along.

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