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You should think twice before laminating your vaccine card

April 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card at the Drilling Pharmacy in Sioux City, Iowa, U.S., on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Independent pharmacy owners in the U.S. are often the sole providers of the Covid vaccine in rural or exurban communities. But a majority of independent owners are still waiting for supply. Photographer: Dan Brouillette/Bloomberg

While it may be tempting to get your vaccine card laminated as soon as possible, you should take your time and make sure you've considered a few things beforehand.

While plans to establish standardized vaccination proof are still being developed, many are holding to their Covid-19 vaccine cards as a potential form of social currency.

While it may be tempting to get your vaccine card laminated as soon as possible, you should take your time and make sure you've considered a few things beforehand.

Here's what you should know about laminating your coveted vaccine card.

If you are getting a two-dose vaccine, make sure that you receive and document both doses on your card before laminating it.

You should definitely create a backup of your card before laminating it.

Wen said she also recommends photocopying the card and keeping it in the same place as other important documents, like your birth certificate.

After this, if you want to laminate your card, Wen says to "go for it. "

Know what to do if your card gets damaged or lost

There are concerns that the lamination process might damage cards, smudging the ink or making it illegible.

But even if your card is damaged in the lamination process, there are options.

In the case of damage to, or loss of your card, you'll need to contact your vaccine provider to get another one.

Some worry that getting their vaccine cards laminated will cause trouble in the future if Covid-19 vaccine booster shots are needed.

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