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    PSA: You Should Be Keeping Your Vaccine Card Safe, So Here's How

    Vaccine cards get a 10 for usefulness, but a 0 for fitting into a normal-sized wallet.

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    Howdy, friends. As a lot of us have started our ~masked and vaxed~ journeys with vaccines becoming more available to different groups in each state, you might have noticed something about those cute little vaccine cards: they do *not* play nice with wallets.

    BuzzFeed editor attempting to put a too big vaccine card in a wallet
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    According to my arch nemesis math, that's because the vaccine cards measure at 4 x 3 inches, which is slightly bigger than a standard credit card — and makes it a little more difficult to keep your precious vaccine card safe, since it doesn't fit in your default "place where I keep things safe."

    George from Seinfeld looking sadly at his full wallet
    NBC

    Sorry @ all my used up Starbucks gift cards from the last three Christmases that they won't be making a new cardboard friend.

    And although this has been iterated many bajillions of times, it is super important to keep that lil' paper safe and on hand — in the short-term for anyone getting a second dose needing proof of their first, and in the long-term for whatever the slow reopenings will look like ahead.

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    Illustration of people standing in line for a vaccine

    While the states in the US are still navigating the idea of "vaccine passports" and what exactly they would look like locally and globally, there's no doubt that proof of vaccination will be important in the future — and with the efforts to get Americans vaccinated accessibly, freely, and quickly, for a good portion of us, that vaccine card and the number on it is the only convenient concrete proof we have.

    So in the interest of keeping your vaccine card safe, here are a few options online for affordable (and downright cute??) vaccine card options to keep it from getting damaged, wet, or lost.

    1. A two-pack of standard clear vinyl vaccination card sleeves, complete with holes on the top to fit lanyards. This one has a little extra room at the top (handy if there are other small documents you might want to fold and slide in there with it, like appointment confirmations!)

    Back of a vaccine card in a vinyl sleeve
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    Promising review: "These should really be given out or at least for sale at mass vaccination sites to protect your card. It's a tight fit, but it's a great way to protect your card and keep track of it. I still wish the cards were the size of a credit card, so they would fit in wallets, but since they don't, I was determined to get a sleeve to protect it. I trimmed 1/16 inch off the edge of my card, so it comes in and out more easily, predominantly because I haven't had my second vaccine yet. I also have it on a lanyard — for now anyway. I can envision needing to wear these cards at public events. If not, I will probably trim off the top 3/4 inch off and put it in my passport." —slb

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $6.99 (also available in a five-pack).

    2. A vinyl plastic vaccine card sleeve with a resealable top just to make *extra* sure it won't rain on your vaccinated parade. (This also comes with handy holes for lanyards).

    Model holding vaccine sleeve with resealable top
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Perfect for safeguarding the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine card. Just HATE that the CDC didn’t produce wallet-sized cards to begin with.The plastic and the zip lock are sturdy and can be attached to a lanyard. It’s definitely sized correctly for the CDC card. I pass these out to family and friends when they get their dose of vaccine. It’s necessary to protect the low quality cards with your vaccine batch number stickers." —B.

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $10.99 (also available in five-, ten-, 20-, and 50-packs).

    3. A leather card holder with engraving options (Mother's Day *and* Father's Day are rapidly approaching, just saying ...). These also come equipped with extra credit card-sized slots so you *could* swap it out for a wallet in a pinch (or keep insurance cards grouped with it if need be).

    April & Kiwi/Etsy

    April & Kiwi is a US-based Etsy shop established in 2016 that specializes in personalized wallets and custom engraved gifts.

    Get it from April & Kiwi in Etsy for $16.90+ (available in six colors and with or without engraving).

    4. A two-pocket patterned vaccine card holder that's arguably your cutest option, but also a handy one — the two pockets are secure, but just wide enough to fit multiple cards in them, if you're keeping track of your family members' cards in addition to yours.

    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed, Mugwump/Etsy

    Mugwump is an Oregon-based Etsy shop established in 2007 that specializes in fun and funky accessories from reclaimed materials.

    I got this vaccine holder myself last week, and I love it! It's lightweight and has two sleeves in it on alternate sides. The stitching is firm and durable and it's extremely easy to slide the vaccine card in and out, but still very secure when it's inside. Again, if you're someone keeping track of vaccine cards for multiple people, this may just be your best bet! That, or if you are like me and just want dearly to be surrounded by cute things at all times.

    Get it from Mugwump on Etsy for $11 (available in multiple patterns).

    Psst — even more of Mugwump's other vaccine card holder designs are available on the shop page!

    5. A customizable vaccine card holder you can attach to a keychain, lanyard, or the inside of a bag zipper for easy access.

    Vaccine card holders in a variety of colors and prints with a small hole for a keychain loop
    XO XO Armour/Etsy

    XO XO Armour is a Virginia-based Etsy shop established in 2017 that specializes in hair clips, accessories, and vaccine card holders.

    Promising review: "Super cute and good quality. Seller reached out right after purchase to update delivery timeline. Item was shipped and received very quickly." —Kimberly Oates

    Get it from XO XO Armour on Etsy for $12 (available in twelve colors).

    Some quick advice before ya go:

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    ✨ Don't laminate your vaccine card — it might keep it safe, buuuut it also keeps medical professionals from being able to add information to it, if need be.

    ✨ If you lose your card, your best option is to contact the clinic or site where you got the vaccine for a replacement. (Also know that we are all *quite* human and logistically there's no way you're the only one who's lost it.)

    ✨ Take a picture of your card and save it somewhere secure just in case — if anything, it might make the information more readily available to you if you do need a replacement.

    ✨ ... But don't take a picture of your vaccine card and share it online, because you should keep your personal info and number on it safe. If you're going to take a selfie, may I suggest making your Band-Aid or fabulous "I Got Vaccinated" sticker the focus of the shot instead?

    For more information on vaccines and post-vax dos and don'ts, check out the CDC's most frequently asked vaccine questions. Stay masked and stay safe (that goes for your vaccine cards, too!!).

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