Title: White Covid-19 Vaccination Cards Phased Out in U.S. as Federal Distribution Ends
Subtitle: Authorities shift to alternative methods of preserving immunization records
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In a move signaling the end of an era, the white Covid-19 vaccination cards that became a symbol of protection against the deadly virus are being phased out in the United States. As the federal government concludes its distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stopped printing new cards, according to sources.
The federal government had shipped over 980 million vaccination cards between late 2020 and May 10, enabling individuals to keep a record of their immunization status. However, with vaccine distribution efforts winding down, health officials anticipate that the discontinuation of the cards will have an insignificant impact.
Gone are the days when these cards served as a gateway for entry into events such as festivals, bars, and restaurants. Instead, individuals who require proof of their Covid-19 immunization will need to follow the standard protocol of requesting their records, similar to any other vaccine record.
Fortunately, various establishments that administered the vaccine, including clinics, pharmacies, and health departments, can provide individuals with their Covid-19 immunization records in many cases. However, it is worth noting that the process of obtaining records can differ due to varying rules and options across states and cities.
For instance, while some states, like Texas, require written patient consent for inclusion in their immunization registry, others, such as Wyoming and Philadelphia, have developed their own city-specific record systems.
To ease the transition, several states now offer digital vaccination records through online platforms or dedicated mobile applications. Moreover, there are websites that enable individuals to track their vaccination history and receive alerts when they are due for another dose.
Despite these alternative options, it may take longer to obtain records in states that lack digital alternatives. Moreover, there could be gaps in state databases as some federal health providers may not have their records fully integrated.
In light of these changes, it is advisable for individuals to safeguard their old vaccination cards like any other important health document. With over four million people in the U.S. already receiving the latest Covid-19 vaccine and a total of 10 million doses shipped to providers, ensuring the maintenance of accurate immunization records remains crucial as the nation navigates the post-pandemic landscape.
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