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

Sarah Gonzalez of New York, a Nurse Practitioner, displays a COVID-19 vaccine card at a New York Health and Hospitals vaccine clinic in the Brooklyn borough of New York, in this Jan. 10, 2021 file photo.
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Sarah Gonzalez of New York, a Nurse Practitioner, displays a COVID-19 vaccine card at a New York Health and Hospitals vaccine clinic in the Brooklyn borough of New York, in this Jan. 10, 2021 file photo.

Many who’ve gotten the COVID-19 shot carry their proof of vaccination with them to get into restaurants, concerts, and even to keep their jobs. But what happens if you lose your COVID-19 vaccination card?

Some states have phone apps where cards can be uploaded, and some automatically turn that information into a QR code to protect health information.

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Ohio doesn’t have an app like that and won’t. In fact, state lawmakers have talked about expressly banning them. So, Ohioans are carrying their cards with them.

The Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said if you lose your card, you should first go to the place where you got your shot to see if they can reissue the card.

“If they’re unable to help, you can call your local health department who can attempt to look up your vaccine record as well because there’s a database they can turn to,” Vanderhoff said.

If that fails, Vanderhoff said there is information on the ODH’s website to request your vaccination record.

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