Hey, doc? How will I prove I got the COVID-19 vaccine? Where will I need proof?

UC expert helps explain the purpose of COVID-19 vaccination cards

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out across the United States, there are some discussions around vaccination cards that are given to those who have gotten the shots. turned to several experts around the region for a story on the vaccination cards, including Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, of the UC Division of Infectious Diseases. 

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Fichtenbaum said he didn't think it would be necessary for those who have been vaccinated to carry the cards at all times right now.

"It may be in the future that individuals may need to provide proof of vaccination to their health care provider or others, for example, employers," he said.

He also said that currently there is insufficient data to allow people who are vaccinated to change their social distancing behaviors, use of masks or travel. 

"I personally don’t think any commercial establishments having people show proof of vaccination to come to their establishment, use their business, etc.  We don’t do this for any other health condition" he said. "This would be unprecedented."

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