Help! My Dog Ate My Vaccination Card!

Posted on 09/12/22

What do I do if I lost my Covid-19 Vaccination card?

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We all lose things from time to time, but what should someone do if they lost an important document like their vaccination card? This can be a major issue for people as the world slowly opens back up after Covid-19. Many jurisdictions still require proof of vaccination when entering public areas such as stadiums, or even before boarding a flight for a much-needed vacation. Replacing this lost or damaged card can be a hassle, especially if the vaccinations were received at a pop-up mass-vaccination site.

Whether is was chewed by a new puppy, smeared in the rain, or was simply misplaced, this guide should make the process of obtaining a replacement as painless as possible.

I received my vaccination at a local pharmacy.
If you received your vaccinations at a pharmacy, you are most likely in good shape. Most pharmacies keep detailed records of the vaccinations they provided. The first step that should be taken is heading to your specific pharmacy’s website. On there, search up where to find your immunization records. If this yields no result calling the pharmacy itself and inquiring about the records would your next step.

For example, if you received your vaccinations from a large chain pharmacy like CVS this process will be even easier for you. CVS offers an easy portal that allows you to view and download your immunization records. You can access this portal by following the link below.
https://care.cvs.com/care-navigation/#/home

I received my vaccination at my doctor’s office.

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Most doctor’s offices are required to keep extremely detailed files of treatments, vaccinations and anything else a patient may come in for. This means that your doctor most likely has a record of you receiving your Covid-19 vaccinations. This is great news for you. You should be able to reach out to your doctor and ask for a copy of your immunization record!

I received my vaccination at mass-vaccination site.

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If this is the case for you, acquiring your proof of immunization may be a bit more difficult. The Center for Disease Control does not keep records of who was vaccinated at these sites. However, your state’s Department of Health may. This is good news for anyone who may have lost or damaged their vaccination card. If you received your vaccination in the state of Maryland, you can follow the link below to contact the State Department of Health in order to get a replacement card. https://www.umms.org/coronavirus/covid-vaccine/get-vaccine/vaccine-card-replacement

If you did not receive your vaccination shots within the state of Maryland, you should search for the department of health in the state where it was provided.

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This story is provided by AARP Maryland. Visit the AARP Maryland page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at cdc.gov/coronavirus; additional AARP information and resources are at aarp.org/coronavirus. En español, visite aarp.org/elcoronavirus.

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