Once mariners receive their COVID-19 vaccination, they will also be given a paper vaccination record card. The card primarily serves as a reminder of when to schedule your second dose if you receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, but also potentially may be used as proof of your vaccination date.
While the debate continues on the possibility of a U.S. government-backed vaccine passport, it would be prudent to make a copy of your COVID-19 vaccine card and keep it in a safe place. Experts recommend taking a photo of your vaccine card with your cell phone, or otherwise scanning a digital copy into a personal computer. After that, if you want to laminate your card, or otherwise protect it from damage, there are many affordable options available.
The CDC is also encouraging everyone who receives their vaccine to sign up for v-safe, a smartphone-based monitoring program used by the CDC to collect data on users’ post-vaccination symptoms and remind recipients of a two-dose vaccine when to schedule their second appointment. However, it may also serve as proof of vaccination in the future.
In addition, the SIU would suggest that you add a copy of your vaccine record to your existing medical records with the SHBP Medical Department. Feel free to bring your vaccine record to a hiring hall to have a copy made for your records. And, in case you’ve already damaged or lost yours, don’t worry: contact your vaccine provider, or your state health department, to get a new card.
While it is currently unknown if you will need to add a periodic COVID-19 vaccine to your list of reoccurring vaccinations, what is certain is that you should hold on to your paper vaccination record card like you would for any other important medical document.