Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
UPDATE
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
UPDATE
The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
UPDATE
Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. More information is available here.

Your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record and Vaccination Card

Your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record and Vaccination Card
Know the Difference between a Vaccine Record and a Vaccine Card

Vaccine Record (sometimes called immunization records) provide a history of all the vaccines you received. This record may be required for certain jobs, travel abroad, or a school registration.

Vaccine Card is specific to COVID-19 vaccination and is given to you when you get your COVID-19 vaccine.

What You Need to Know
  • At your first vaccination appointment, you should get a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it.
  • Keep your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card for proof of vaccination. Consider taking a picture of your card after your vaccination appointment as a backup copy.
  • Bring your card to your appointment whenever you get an additional dose or booster so that your provider can fill in information about your shot.
  • If you did not receive a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination provider site where you got your first shot to find out how you can get a vaccination card, or contact your state health department to get a copy of your vaccination record.

What to Do If You Lost Your Vaccine Card

CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card

You can use your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card or a copy of your vaccination record (digital or paper) as proof of vaccination in the United States.

CDC does not provide the white CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card to people and does not maintain vaccination records. CDC distributes the white CDC COVID-19 Vaccination cards to vaccination providers and only a vaccination provider can give you this card. If you have lost your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card or don’t have a copy:

  • Contact your vaccination provider directly to request a vaccination card or to get a copy of your vaccination record.
  • If you cannot contact your vaccination provider site directly, contact your state health department’s immunization information system (IIS). Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to their IIS and related systems. Your state’s IIS cannot issue you a vaccination card, but they can provide a digital or paper copy of your vaccination record.
  • If you need another COVID-19 vaccine dose and are unable to get a copy of your vaccination card or vaccination record, talk to a vaccination provider.

Please contact your state health department if you have additional questions about vaccination records. Your local or state health department can also provide more information about the laws or regulations in your area.

For Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare professionals registered in Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) can access vaccination certificates in VAMS.

Getting a QR Code or Digital Copy of Your COVID-19 Vaccination Card

Some vaccination providers and health departments may offer you access to a QR code or digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card in addition to giving you a physical CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card.

Contact your vaccination provider or local health department to learn if a digital copy of your card will be made available to you.

If You Were Vaccinated Abroad

Learn more about how to update your vaccine record with vaccines you received while outside of the United States.

Vaccination Card Fraud

Offers to purchase CDC COVID-19 Vaccination cards are scams. Valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination can only be provided to individuals by legitimate providers administering vaccines.

To report suspicious activity involving fake CDC COVID-19 Vaccination cards, please visit Fraud Alert: COVID-19 Scams or call 1-800-HHS-TIPS.

To avoid fraud with CDC COVID-19 Vaccination cards, do not:

  • Buy fake cards
  • Make your own cards
  • Fill in blank cards with false information
  • Post cards showing personal information on social media