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

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COVID-19 vaccine cards were on display in March during a mobile health unit vaccination event on Wadmalaw Island. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

More than 2.3 million people in South Carolina have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning more than 50 percent of all residents eligible for a vaccine have received a vaccination card.

And with the recent surge of the delta variant, along with approval by the Food and Drug Administration of the Pfizer vaccine, health officials in the state expect more residents to become vaccinated in the coming months.

It’s safe to say that vaccination cards are abundant these days.

For many, these 4-by-3-inch cards are challenging to keep track of, given they are too big to fit in most wallets and, if not taken care of and stored properly, can pose a personal identification security risk.

What you need to know

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control recommends contacting your last immunization provider upon losing your vaccination card. If you were vaccinated at a DHEC clinic, you can request your immunization paperwork directly from the health agency.

However, if you were vaccinated at a non-DHEC health care center, you can contact your immunization provider for another card.

There’s also SIMON, South Carolina’s Immunization Registry. The database records all the vaccine doses administered by participating providers to patients. You can find information on how to request information from SIMON here at scdhec.gov/SIMON.

Recommendations

Take a picture of your vaccination card, but do not post it on social media. According to the Better Business Bureau, posting your card can help provide scammers and counterfeiters with information that can be used to create and sell phony vaccination cards.

Your vaccination card includes your name, birthday, vaccine manufacturer and your immunization provider, all of which is key information for counterfeiters and scammers to work with.

The BBB says the FBI is already reporting that fake vaccine cards have been advertised for sale on social media and e-commerce platforms in the U.S.

The BBB recommends sharing the exciting news about your vaccination safely by posting your vaccine sticker rather than a photo of your card.

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