Keep your vaccine card safe, clean and visible with this protective holder — get two for $5

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It's smart to have your vaccine card protected and handy as more places begin asking for proof of vaccination. (Photo: Amazon)
It's smart to have your vaccine card protected and handy as more places begin asking for proof of vaccination. (Photo: Amazon)

If someone had said two years ago that a vaccine card would mean so much to us in spring 2021, we never would have believed it. Now your vaccine card is shaping up to become an essential life accessory. It belongs in that reminder list we repeat to ourselves when we leave the house ("phone, wallet, keys...vaccine card"). Okay, maybe not quite yet, but soon.

We'll back up, for those who are not sure what we're talking about: When you get the Covid-19 vaccine, you receive a handwritten paper card that includes your name, the vaccine you received (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson), and the dates the shot (or shots) were administered. 

This is an important piece of paper, so you need to treat it with care. It's not credit card or business card sized, so it doesn't fit in the card slots in standard wallets. You don't want to tuck it into a billfold because it might bend. Laminating might seem like the solution, but it's not. Why? Future booster shots, if needed, have to be recorded on this card. If it's laminated, the nurse will not be able to write on it. 

The solution is this clear card protector we found at Amazon. It's perfect for keeping your vaccine card safe, clean and accessible — and it's on sale.

Shop it: Clear Vaccination Card Protector, $5 for two (was $7), $8 for five, $10 for nine (was $10), amazon.com

Slots for a lanyard or chain make this card case super easy to carry, whether around your neck or hanging from the rearview mirror. (Photo: Amazon)
Slots for a lanyard or chain make this card case super easy to carry, whether around your neck or hanging from the rearview mirror. (Photo: Amazon)

Certain airlines, schools and event venues might require proof of vaccination for entry in the future. Flights to particular states or countries already require proof of a negative Covid test. And while proof of vaccine may not be a requirement of flying, being able to show that you have a vaccine might save you some time and trouble; it could possibly eliminate the need for a test or allow you to skip certain forms.

In terms of right now: Some businesses are actually offering discounts or free items when you show proof of vaccination. Krispy Kreme will give one free glazed donut a day to folks who show their vaccine card. Budweiser will "buy a beer" for a certain number of people who upload a photo of their card. On a more serious note, the CDC recommends snapping a photo of your vaccine card—and reminds us that we may need these cards in the future. 

At 4" x 3", this holder is slightly larger than most Covid-19 vaccine cards (size varies by state, so measure before you buy) and made of a thick, sturdy waterproof plastic that's clear in front and slightly textured in back for a good grip. A center slot and two side holes allow you to affix a lanyard or badge reel for easy, hands-free portability—perfect if you need to present your card at work or at the airport. The plastic doesn't block barcodes or QR codes for scanners, so you can slip your work ID in there too. 

It's available in a 2-pack for $5 (was $7), a 5-pack for $8 and a 10-pack for $9 (was $10) — so you can get them for family, friends or fellow employees. It's got more than 1,000 reviews from satisfied customers.

Plenty of width inside for an easy fit, but a good tight seal up top, where you need it. (Photo: Amazon)
Plenty of width inside for an easy fit, but a good tight seal up top, where you need it. (Photo: Amazon)

The reviewer who posted the picture above shared how practical this purchase was: " ... As you can see, my COVID card easily fits inside, with extra room on the side and top. My card measures just a hair under 4” wide and 3” tall. If I needed to display or wear the card, to get into an event or facility, it comes with holes at the top to attach to a lanyard, or an eyeglasses type of chain. This holder would also be great for any type of employee badge or ID you needed to constantly display on your person ..."

This reviewer says it still fits in their wallet even with the case on, "These sleeves were the perfect size for my vaccination card. I had to fold over the top of the sleeve, where the holes are, in order to fit in my wallet, but my card isn't bent. I like that these sleeves have a zip lock type seal. I wouldn't have to worry that the card could accidentally fall out. It'll help protect it from moisture too (although not meant to be fully submerged I'm sure!) ..."

Another reviewer thought it was a smarter alternative to laminating, "These clear vaccination card packs are great. Two of them for this price was a real bargain. I don't want to laminate the card because who knows if we will have to add information on booster shots on the vaccination card in the future or any other information. With this card holder it keeps the card neat and clean but still allows access in the future if necessary ..."

Grab this card holder before you misplace, bend or dirty your vaccine card.

Shop it: Clear Vaccination Card Protector, $5 for two (was $7), $8 for five, $10 for nine (was $10), amazon.com

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