It’s finally happened. You’ve checked everywhere imaginably possible, but your COVID-19 vaccine card is nowhere to be found.
Maybe it slipped out of your wallet that time you were claiming free doughnuts at Krispy Kreme. Or that time you were cleaning out your drawers and accidentally threw it in the trash.
Whatever the reason, it’s gone.
Fortunately, the vaccine card isn’t a part of our daily lives. We don’t need it to get into restaurants or enter a grocery store.
But there are times you do need it. The Treefort Music Festival in downtown Boise in March is planning on requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, while many jobs, including those with the city of Boise, are now requiring new hires to be fully vaccinated.
But before you start stressing out about losing your card, relax. You can still get a copy of your vaccination history that will suffice as proof.
How to get a copy of your vaccination records in Idaho
Contact your vaccination provider: Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to the state’s immunization information system. The system is a confidential database that records all immunization doses administered by participating providers. Your provider should have access to the system and can locate your records for you.
Contact the Immunization Reminder Information System: Idaho’s system is specifically called the Immunization Reminder Information System. You can contact IRIS by calling (208) 334-5931 or get in touch by email at IIP@dhw.idaho.gov and request a copy of your immunization records.
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: You can request a replacement card or vaccination record by filling out a form through the DHW and emailing it to PRR@dhw.idaho.gov, faxing it to (208) 639-5742 or mailing it to the Department of Health and Welfare, Public Records Request, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0036. From there the DHW will be able to get you a print out of your vaccination records through IRIS.
You can request help with the form in Spanish by calling 2-1-1 or (800) 926-2588 for interpretation assistance free of charge.
V-safe: V-safe is a smartphone-based application run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that allows you to store your vaccination information based on information from your vaccine card.
The app also allows you to contact the CDC if you encounter any side effects from the vaccine and reminds you to get any further vaccine doses if required.
Unfortunately, if you’ve already lost your card prior to signing up for V-safe, you’re out of luck on this option. But if you’re yet to receive the vaccine, this is a great option to keep your vaccination information safe.
TIP: Once you get hold of your vaccination records — or if you’ve still got hold of your card — snap a picture of it on your phone and save it in your favorites folder. Apple, Android and Samsung users can also store vaccine card info digitally through Apple Wallet, Google Pay and Samsung Pay, respectively.