World How To Keep Vaccine Card Safe as New York Requires Proof of Vaccination for Indoor Venues
Mandate the vaccine, not masks
Vaccines are the solution to Covid-19. Let’s make the most of them.With the rise of the delta variant and a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on vaccinated people to wear masks indoors again in places where the virus is quickly spreading. At least some school districts will likely require masks this fall. Local governments, from Massachusetts to California, are reviving mask mandates.
More and more states are introducing regulations around vaccinations, meaning carrying your vaccine card is an essential requirement. The card proves you had a vaccine, but there are some dos and don'ts around what to do with it.
While keeping it safe is vital, trying too hard to make it safe by doing things like laminating it can actually do more harm than good.
Here's a look at COVID vaccine passport systems in use overseas
Countries with relatively high vaccination rates have started rolling out various versions of vaccine passports. What do they look like and are there similar plans for Australia?Most of the countries that have begun implementing the passes widely have relatively high vaccination rates of at least 50 per cent.
Given many places, like, have asked for these to be provided as proof of vaccination in order to enter some indoor venues, we break down the ways to keep your card safe.
What Is A Vaccine Card and Why Should I Keep It?
A vaccine card will be given to you after you have your vaccination.
On it will be information about the vaccine manufacturer, the dose and the date and location where it was administered.
It is important to keep your vaccine card for a number of reasons, but first and foremost because it contains information about the specific vaccination you had.
The dose number is important as it will pinpoint the exact batch of a vaccine you had, which could be important if you have adverse reactions.
If you are not in a fit state to provide this information yourself in an emergency, the vaccine card is a good way to do so.
What could convince someone worried about the COVID-19 vaccine to get the jab?
With more anti-lockdown and vaccination protests set to engulf Sydney, the fight to combat vaccine hesitancy is well and truly on. So what actually helps?The lush, coastal region is now known as Australia's anti-vaxxer heartland, but even in the '90s, Vashti says, everyone was questioning the safety of vaccines. It was in this environment that she decided not to vaccinate her son because she believed the "diseases weren't around".
As well as this, it helps to keep track of your doses, meaning you can work out when your full immunity has been met, as well as when a booster or further dose may be required.
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Finally, these cards are important to be used as proof of vaccination, until a more sophisticated vaccine passport system is put in place.
According to Good Housekeeping, some businesses are even offering deals like a free Krispy Kreme donut or a free dessert at White Castle if you show your vaccine card.
How To Keep Your Vaccine Card Safe
The first way to keep it safe is to take a photograph of it, which means if you do lose it the information needed is still available.
If you have two shots of a vaccine, you will need to bring it with you to your second appointment, so having a photo is a good way to safeguard against losing important information.
What happened to the vaccine indemnity scheme? Don’t ask a doctor
Late night announcements and confused vaccine messaging. With the government dictating medicine by media release, how are GPs supposed to do their jobs?But while there’s been an increase in interest from under 40s, and a push to widen uptake of the vaccine, the scheme still hasn’t been developed. Beyond a press release, and a promise it’ll be back-dated to the start of the vaccine rollout, GPs have no details about how it’ll actually work. Nobody does.
Some organizations have offered free lamination of vaccine cards, such as Staples, and some have opted for this as a way to ensure it does not get damaged.
However, as further information may need to be added, such as in the case of you requiring a booster shot, it may be best to keep it in a safe place instead.
Some states are rolling out digital vaccine passports, which will mean as long as you have your phone with you, you can prove your vaccinated status.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Key To NYC Pass, which will mean venues like restaurants, gyms and movie theaters will require vaccination for you to attend as a customer or an employee.
The digital Excelsior Pass makes it easy to provide proof of vaccination, though a vaccine card is still important to keep as a stop-gap given issues with glitching on the app.
Look at your state government website for further information on this.
If you lose your vaccine card, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection () suggests you contact the place where you first received it in order to retrieve a new one in time for your second dose.
New York City issues vaccine mandate for indoor events, confuses entire country
New York City will soon require that people show proof of vaccination to eat indoors and go to concerts, but it’s not launching another app.The initiative marks the first time a major US city has issued a vaccine mandate like this, and it immediately confused the public.
Who can get a COVID vaccine and how to book in your state or territory .
Check if you are eligible, how to book an appointment and where you can get vaccinated, as well as how many other people have had a shot. Click on your state or territory to jump straight to that section.New South WalesVictoriaQueenslandWestern AustraliaSouth AustraliaTasmaniaAustralian Capital TerritoryNorthern TerritoryNew South WalesAnyone aged 18 and over is currently able to book a COVID vaccine or walk-in at certain locations in New South Wales.People aged 12 and over with an identified underlying medical condition.NDIS participants aged 16 and over as well as their carers.