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How can you request the covid-19 vaccination certificate in the US?

Getting your vaccine card is important for living a normal life in the US and abroad, so make sure you keep a hold of the one you receive after your first jab.

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Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine labels are seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021.
Dado RuvicReuters

While the battle over the legality and use of vaccine mandates continues, more and more locations and workplaces are requiring proof of vaccination for entry. The likelihood of you needing evidence of your vaccination is increasing.

So having the vaccination card is more important than ever.

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How to receive one in the first place

At your first vaccination appointment, you should get a CDC covid-19 Vaccination Record card that tells you what vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it.

Crucially, keep your Vaccination Record card for future use. As booster jabs become more prevalent, the card could be used to keep a track of them. If you did not receive a card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination provider site where you got your first shot or your state health department to find out how you can get a card.

If you have lost your vaccine card

According to CDC recommendations, you should contact your health department's immunization information system as soon as possible, they should have all your vaccination proof registered, or call (860) 509-7929 to ask for your official immunization record from the CT Immunization Information System. They will give you the steps to get a new card.

The CDC also has its own smartphone-based tool called "V-Safe" you can register on. It has step-by-step instructions on the CDC website. Some states, such as California and New York, have vaccine cards that can be stored on people's phones, making it impossible to lose it if you keep your phone on hand.

"This program is to track post-vaccine side effects and symptoms through a smartphone," assistant professor of emergency medicine Shideh Shafie said. "Register when you get your first vaccine, and the program will keep track of your vaccine information so that you can access it later, should you lose your card."

The CDC also recommends taking a picture of your card when you first receive it.

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