What To Do If You Lose Or Damage Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s vital for vaccinated people to keep up with their vaccine card now that many cities are requiring proof of vaccination for attending events, dining at restaurants, traveling and much more.  However, what happens if you lose your card?

You should have received a vaccination card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it.  This card is slowly becoming a must have to attend events like concerts, festivals, and even dining out.

WCCB Charlotte reached out to several local agencies who administer COVID vaccines and determined what you need to do to request a new card:

CDC: Contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record

  • If you cannot contact your vaccination provider directly, contact your state health department’s immunization information system (IIS). You can find state IIS information on the CDC website. Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to their IIS and related systems.
  • If you enrolled in v-safe or VaxText after your first vaccine dose, you can access your vaccination information using those tools.
  • If you have made every effort to locate your vaccination information, are unable to get a copy or replacement of your vaccination card, and still need a second shot, talk to a vaccination provider.

Mecklenburg County Health Department: You can contact your vaccine provider to get a replacement CDC vaccination card.  Many individuals can also print their vaccination information from the North Carolina COVID-19 Vaccine Portal. This document will include the same information as your COVID-19 vaccination card and serves as a valid replacement. Learn more about how to access and print your vaccination information.

If you received your vaccine from a pharmacy participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program or from another federal vaccine provider such as the U.S. Department of Defense, you will need to get your vaccine information directly from that provider.

Walgreens: Call the Walgreens location where you received your vaccine.  They keep electronic records for all vaccines and shots.  You will be required to show your photo ID but they can provide a replacement card once requested.

CVS: Call the CVS location where you received your vaccine.  They keep electronic records for all vaccines and shots.  You will be required to show your photo ID but they can provide a replacement card once requested.

Other tips:

Make a copy of your vaccination card.  Take photos of it and keep them on your mobile device.  Since there is a possibility for booster shots, it is not recommended that you laminate your card because the agency administrating the shot will not be able to document any future vaccinations.  Don’t post photos of your vaccination card on social media.