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What to do if you lose your COVID-19 vaccination card

COVID vaccine card
Evgenia Parajanian
COVID-19 vaccine card

Ohioans must carry their cards with them as proof of vaccination for various reasons, increasing the likelihood those paper records will be lost.

Many who’ve gotten the COVID shot carry that proof of COVID vaccination with them to get into restaurants, concerts, even keep their jobs. But what happens if you lose that card you get along with the shot?

Some states have phone apps where cards can be uploaded, and some automatically turn that information into a QR code to protect health information.

vaccine app in Colorado
vaccine app in use in Colorado

But Ohio doesn’t have an app like that and won’t. In fact, state lawmakers have talked about expressly banning them. So, Ohioans are carrying their cards with them. The Ohio Dept of Health director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff says if you lose your card, you should first go to the place where you got your shot to see if they can reissue the card.

“If they’re unable to help, you can call your local health department who can attempt to look up your vaccine record as well because there’s a database they can turn to.”

And if that fails, Vanderhoff says there is information on the ODH’s website to request your vaccination record.

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