County shares tips on protecting COVID-19 vaccination records
–As more people in San Luis Obispo County get vaccinated against COVID-19, local health officials are warning community members to protect their COVID-19 vaccination record card and the information it holds.
“Many are excited to share their vaccination news online and with friends and family,” said County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. “However, please do not post online or send to others a picture of your vaccination record card, as it has personal information that can put you at risk for identity theft.”
While public health officials encourage community members to snap a picture of their card in case it gets lost or misplaced, sharing that photo with others via websites, apps, or text messaging is not recommended. Instead, health officials encourage everyone to share their vaccine experience or updates in other ways, such as with a picture that shows off their bandage, a picture of their vaccination sticker, or a selfie while getting the shot.
More than 182,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in San Luis Obispo County, which means many community members now carry a COVID-19 vaccination record card. These cards are given to someone when they get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and include what type of vaccine was administered and when, as well as personal protected information like an individual’s full name and date of birth.
“We want everyone to be smart and safe when storing and sharing their card,” Dr. Borenstein said.
The best way to protect one’s vaccination card from theft or loss is to make sure it is stored in a safe place at home. Residents should not carry their vaccination card with them in public unless attending their second dose appointment. Public health officials do not advise laminating the card, as the heat may damage the card or cause the ink to be illegible. Anyone who loses their vaccination record card should not print a fake one at home or buy a fake vaccination record card, as it is against the law. Instead, request a new one by calling the county’s Phone Assistance Center at (805) 543-2444.