CDC stops printing, begins phasing out COVID-19 vaccination cards
10/12/2023 // Zoey Sky // Views

An update on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website has revealed that the agency is no longer distributing its Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination cards.

Regarded by many as a controversial relic of the COVID-19 pandemic era, the white cards previously determined who could and could not participate in society to some degree. Depending on whether or not people were vaccinated, they could be barred or granted entry to businesses, schools and workplaces.

Similar requirements became commonplace and controversial globally, prompting criticism in some places of a two-tiered economy.

As of October, the CDC has stopped printing the vaccination cards because the federal government is no longer in charge of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. From late 2020 to around May 10 of this year, the CDC reported that the federal government sent out more than 980 million vaccination cards.

In the CDC's updated frequently asked questions section of its website, the agency stated that it "no longer distributes the white CDC COVID-19 Vaccination cards and does not maintain vaccination records."

The "After Your Vaccine" section instructed people to contact their state health department’s immunization information system (IIS).

"Your state's IIS cannot issue you a vaccination card, but they can provide a digital or paper copy of your full vaccination record, including your COVID-19 vaccinations," said the agency.

Due to their necessity being a thing of the past in a post-pandemic world, federal and local health officials don't expect the discontinuation of the cards to be a big change. (Related: Vaccine passport has same digital platform as Chinese SOCIAL CREDIT system: Comply or be denied access to society.)

In 2021, after President Joe Biden announced vaccine mandates, the white cards spawned a black market industry. In turn, U.S. authorities declared some actions in service of that market illegal.

New York made faking a vaccine card a Class D felony in December 2021. Violators of the new state laws could face probation or up to seven years of imprisonment. In 2021, the FBI issued a warning that using, buying, or selling counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards was a crime. Violators would face a fine and up to five years in prison.

Additionally, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have blocked shipments of fake vaccination cards coming from China.

The future of proof of vaccination

The COVID-19 cards still remain valid as proof of vaccination. However, in the future, individuals will need to request their immunization records from a health department, clinic or pharmacy just as they would for any other vaccine.

Heidi Gurov, a nurse consultant at the Wyoming Department of Health, advised people to treat their vaccination cards like any other important health record. She added that people should keep them in a "safe spot."

Across the U.S., states and certain cities maintain immunization registries, yet the procedures for record inclusion and access can vary. It is worth noting that immunization records from the mass vaccination efforts during the early COVID-19 pandemic days are usually stored in these registries, depending on the particular state's regulations.

However, there is no unified, nationwide immunization record registry in place. States vary in their approach to immunization records. In Texas, patient consent is required, but places like Wyoming and Philadelphia have provided log vaccinations.

Several states offer digital records through apps or websites so users can save certificates or QR codes as proof of vaccination, with some providing tracking and reminders for future doses.

Jeff Chorath, who manages the immunization information system in Washington state, said one of the alleged positives during the COVID-19 pandemic "was having increased autonomy on your patient record, especially the immunization record."

People who lost their vaccination cards can usually request immunization records from the place that administered the vaccine or via a state registry. Other states also offer digital vaccination cards.

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