UTICA, N.Y. --- Every person that gets vaccinated, receives a CDC vaccine card with information of which shot you got and when you got it. The card itself is relatively small,l potentially causing a lot of people to misplace it. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente this card is something you're going to want to hang on to.
"For the next summer months at least, it's going to be a very important card to have alongside you with other documentation. Especially if different venues or other areas of work require that," said Picente.
The state is now requiring large venues to require people to show proof of either a negative test or vaccination in order to get inside. Your COVID Vaccination card or New York State's Excelsior Pass are two options you could present.
If you've lost or misplaced your card, not to worry. The state keeps a record of your vaccination information in a secure database called the New York State Immunization Information System. This means your cards can be replaced by calling the New York State Vaccination Hotline(1-833-697-4829).
To those who are tech-savvy, New York State's Excelsior Pass could be an option for you. It's a new electronic app on your phone that allows you to present your vaccination data or negative covid results. The app is available on Apple and Android devices and is completely free. The app is not required now but could be seen locally in the future.
Experts are warning against laminating your cards to protect them. They said laminating could cause the ink that shows your vaccine information to be damaged. This would prevent people from reading it. Laminating would also prevent future edits to the card in case more shots are needed in the future. The CDC's card has two additional lines below it labeled "other".