More than a year ago, when COVID-19 vaccines became available in the United States and jabs started going into arms, it became a point of pride for some people to show off a bandaged shoulder and a white COVID-19 Vaccination Record card.

But as the pandemic rolled on, and the bandages came off, some people lost track of those awkward 4.25-by-3.5-inch cards.

What if it is lost?

Relax. Many health departments can provide you with your vaccination information. The records themselves aren’t lost.

But if you’re hoping to use that card to prove your vaccination status at work or, say, to travel to a country with a more digital-first approach to record keeping, losing it may make it harder for you.

Here’s what to do.

Your vaccination records might be on your phone.

You could be lucky enough to live in one of the states that let people access their vaccination records from their smartphones. Those states include Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Utah and Washington.

Dave Monahan with the Bothell Fire Department puts a sticker with a date and type of vaccine on a vaccination card in preparation for people coming in to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Shoreline Center in Shoreline Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

UW Medicine is opening a new North King County COVID-19 vaccination site in Shoreline at the Shoreline Center to expand access to the vaccine for residents of North King County. The site is being operated in partnership with the Shoreline, Northshore, and Bothell fire departments. The King County Vaccination Partnership – Shoreline joins a network of vaccination partner sites in Auburn, Kent, Redmond, Renton, and Seattle. 500 shots will be given on the first day, April 27, 2021 and after that 1,000 will be given daily.

Washington men are lagging behind women on vaccinations in the state, following national trends.

Here’s what Washington state residents can do

Other states have websites where vaccination information can be requested, usually as a PDF or email. Those states include Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.


Things get a little more complicated if you’re in one of the states that didn’t go digital, unfortunately. But you should be able to get your vaccination records by requesting them from your state or county health department.

Could your doctor give you another card?

Your doctor might have extra CDC-issued white cards, and they should at least have a record of when and where you received your vaccine shot(s) and booster(s).

And most states require health care providers who administer vaccine shots to log that information with state health officials. So state health officials should have that information, too.

No, the CDC will not send you another one.

It wasn’t actually the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave you that card bearing its logo. The agency provides them to state health departments, which in turn give them to local vaccination providers.

So, don’t call your friend’s cousin who works at the CDC looking for a favor.

If you were vaccinated at CVS, Walmart or Walgreens, you’re in luck.


These giant chains can provide you records.

CVS: A record of the vaccination is available to patients via the CVS Pharmacy app or on the company’s website, a spokesperson said. A pharmacy employee can print a paper record for you, the spokesperson said.

Walgreens: The company keeps records of all vaccinations administered by its pharmacies, according to a spokesperson. If patients lose their physical card, they are encouraged to contact their pharmacy for a new one, the spokesperson said.

Walmart: If you were vaccinated at a store or one of its sponsored events, Walmart can verify your information and connect with your state’s immunization registry. Once that is complete, Walmart will reissue a vaccine card to reflect the doses administered at Walmart, a spokesperson said in a statement. The company can also provide that information digitally or via a QR code.

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