Why You Shouldn’t Laminate Your Vaccine Card Just Yet: Experts Warn You May Need to Add Booster Shot Information, and the Plastic Coating Prevents Errors from Correcting
- Stores such as Staples and Office Deport have offered to laminate CDC vaccination cards for free
- Health experts say Americans don’t need to have their cards laminated and recommend taking pictures and photocopies instead
- They say laminating a card can prevent errors such as your name, date of birth, and the dates and location of your doses from being corrected
- Laminating your card can also prevent additional information from being added if variant booster shots are needed
- Several people have reported that the laminating process has made writing on the cards ineligible
As the number of Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 increases, more and more people get the Small white cards from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Several companies, including Staples and Office Depot, offer to laminate vaccination cards for free throughout April to protect them.
However, health experts said you should think twice before doing this.
They say the plastic coating prevents bugs from getting fixed and you may not be able to add information about booster shots if needed later to protect you from variants.
Health experts say Americans don’t need to have their cards laminated and recommend taking pictures and photocopies instead
They say the plastic coating prevents bugs from getting fixed and you may not be able to add information about booster shots if needed later to protect you from variants. Pictured: A nurse vaccinates Sarah Luisi at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center, Uniondale, NY, March 31
First, experts recommend making sure all of your information is correct before laminating your card.
This includes your name, your date of birth, the date you received your vaccination dose for Johnson & Johnson or doses for Pfizer and Moderna, and the location.
Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health recommended that you back up your card before laminating it.
“ Take a photo after taking the first photo, and then after the second too, in case you lose the physical card, ” she said. CNN
“Keep the photo on your phone and send yourself a copy by e-mail just in case.”
Wen also recommended that you photocopy the card and keep it in a safe place, perhaps where other important documents are stored.
This is due to several reports of people saying that the laminating process prevented writing on the cards from being eligible.
In Pinellas County, Florida officials say multiple people called because the writing was difficult to read after lamination.
“In some locations, a label has been placed on the card that tells of the vaccine brand and lot number and is printed on thermal printer labels,” said Tom Iovino, public information officer for the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. KRON 4.
“So what happens is if you run them through a thermal laminator, they are all black and unreadable.”
In addition, if we need booster shots to protect against variants, nothing can be added to the map.
However, Wen says that if you’ve already laminated your card, don’t stop it from getting a booster shot.
‘If you do get a booster afterwards, you can always get another card. I wouldn’t put that off, ”she told CNN.
Lamination is not necessary if you also follow all the other steps above. The key is to have the vaccination certificate easily accessible. ‘
According to the CDC, 106.2 million Americans – 32 percent of the population – have received at least one dose, and 61.4 million – 18.5 percent – have been fully immunized.
Over the weekend, the U.S. averaged three million vaccinations a day, and about four million were vaccinated on Saturday alone.