BANGOR — If you received the COVID-19 vaccine, you also were given a small piece of paper to prove it.
“Having that vaccine card may be the ticket people have to be able to travel or engage in particular activities,” said Dr. James Jarvis, senior physician executive of Northern Light COVID-19 incident command and response.
As of last week, Gov. Janet Mills mandated all healthcare workers must be vaccinated.
Although not common in Maine, some places are requiring proof of vaccination so you’ll need that card.
“Vaccinations are still the best tool we have to curb this pandemic and protect the lives and livelihoods of Maine people,” Mills said.
So what happens if it gets torn, wet or even lost?
“Particularly if it goes through the washing machine which, yes, we’ve heard that story, too,” said Jarvis.
Jarvis said Northern Light Health is not able to replace the CDC vaccination card.
But if you received the shot through Northern Light Health, officials can give you a paper record of immunization, which Jarvis said is an acceptable replacement.
He suggested checking with your provider for their protocols on lost cards.
“However, if you did receive your vaccine at a Northern Light entity you have the ability to find out to get proof of that vaccination by using the ‘My Portal’ system that we have set up,” said Jarvis.
Jarvis said the best thing is to take a picture of it with your cell phone. Then you’ll have a copy readily available to show.
He said to put the actual card in a safe place like you would a passport or form of identification.
“This is too valuable of a piece of paper and so we want people to make sure that they keep it safe,” he said.