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If you've lost your COVID-19 vaccine card, here's what you should do

Images of lost vaccine cards at TSA checkpoints have popped up across social media. How can you get it back or replace it?

WASHINGTON — What happens if you lose your vaccine card? Those little pieces of paper have become almost as essential as a driver’s license.

You need them to get into certain businesses and sometimes to fly internationally. 

If you lose it, what can you do?

This started after the TSA tweeted about vaccine cards left at the airport. In the picture, a TSA agent holds dozens of vaccine cards left behind at Dulles International. Then offers some help into how you can recover the.

We took a larger look at the lost vaccine cards. Not just if you lose it in transit, but what about in general?


What do you do if you lose your vaccine card?



There are several avenues to reclaim a lost card and to replace cards lost for good.


Let’s start with the picture. 

If you think you lost your vaccine card at the airport the TSA will be your point of contact.  

You can go to the TSA website and find the information for the lost and found at the airports you traveled through.  

But, what if you did that and still can’t find it anywhere? What’s next?

According to the CDC, you need to first contact your vaccine provider. If you can’t get a replacement through them, you need to contact your state health department.

Some state health departments have vaccination record websites to get your information.

If your state does not, it will have the contact information for officials who can help get your records.

What about here in the DMV? If you lose your card here our research show, all jurisdictions have vaccine database websites. You can go to the site load in your information and print out a new copy. However, instead of a card, this one will be a full sheet of paper.

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