In its latest update, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has communicated that it no longer issues the COVID-19 Vaccination card. The white card, in the past, was made mandatory by many entities including business establishments, events, and employers.
The latest communication regarding the COVID-19 Vaccination card was posted on the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ) section of the CDC website. In addition to not printing vaccination cards, the national public health agency also says that it does not maintain vaccination records as well.
As per the communication, the citizens can reach out to the respective state health department’s immunization information system (IIS) to get a digital or paper copy of their full vaccination record, including the COVID-19 vaccinations.
Earlier, the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card used to be issued after the first dose of vaccination. It contained details such as the COVID-19 vaccine received by the person, the date he/she received it, and the place at which the dose was received. The card was also required for getting an additional vaccine dose or booster dose. Since the time the COVID-19 vaccines were first administered, i.e. starting from late 2020 onwards CDC has issued over 980 million cards to Americans.
Jeff Chorath, who is in charge of the immunization information system in Washington state, while speaking to the Associated Press said that one of the positives during the COVID-19 pandemic times was having increased autonomy on the patient record, especially the immunization record.
While commenting on the latest development, Heidi Gurov, nurse consultant at Wyoming Department of Health said that people should keep their vaccination cards handy like any other health record. According to Gurov, It is always good to keep them in a safe spot.
According to the leading pharmaceutical chains in the country, there is no need to bring one’s old vaccination card to get the newly updated vaccine. CVS clarified that a vaccination card is not required for getting vaccinated.
However, the pharmacists at CVS will update them if the patient carries it. The company also said that those who got vaccinated at CVS Pharmacy or a Minute Clinic can access their vaccination records on the CVS Health Dashboard.
Walgreens, the second-largest pharmacy store chain in the country communicated that those who have the vaccination card may bring it for their next vaccination appointment. As per the update by the company, they recommend people carry their dose card or vaccination details during their appointment so that immunizers can update with booster details. However, the company made it clear that it is not required.
Tori Emerson Barnes, executive vice president for public affairs and policy at the U.S. Travel Association said that the federal government no longer insists that people who are coming to the US from other countries must furnish their vaccination card.
As per the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), nearly 4 million Americans received the updated COVID-19 shots in September. However, some people experienced difficulty in booking vaccination slots or finding the vaccines at no cost.
In its emailed statement, a spokesperson at HHS said that the Biden-Harris Administration, in association with HHS, has been working directly with manufacturers and distributors to ensure that there is an adequate supply of vaccines to pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, and other vaccination sites, including long-term care facilities at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Reuters, in its latest report, says that there has been a sharp fall in COVID-19 vaccines since the time they were first made available in the United States in 2021.
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