Should You Laminate Your Covid Vaccination Card? I Am Leaning Towards No
A few weeks ago news came out about some cool promos from Office Depot and Staples. No, it wasn’t more of their amazing gift card offers. The office store juggernauts were offering to laminate people’s covid vaccination cards for free. At first I thought this was a really cool promo and planned on taking advantage of it. But then I started thinking about it and questioning, should you laminate your covid vaccination card? While initially I was all about it, now I am leaning towards not doing it now for a few different reasons.
Details of the Office Store Offer
Before I move onto my reasons on why I am not going forward with laminating my covid vaccination card I thought I should share the details of the offer. That way you can make the decision that works best for you.
Currently Staples and Office Depot / Office Max will laminate your vaccination card for free.
- Staples has not announced an end date as of yet.
- Office Depot / Office Max will laminate your card for free until July 25th.
- You need to bring a copy of their coupon for the service with you.
Remember to take a picture of your vaccine card as a back up copy as well. I would even email a copy of the picture to yourself and save it in your Gmail etc. That way you are covered multiple ways if you misplace your card or phone etc.
UPDATE: It looks like the store will make you a copy of the card and laminate that which is a great solution. They may charge you for the copies though so be aware of that.
Should You Laminate Your Covid Vaccination Card?
A piece of paper isn’t the best option for something that will likely be very important over the next few years. And that is what makes laminating it so darn appealing. Laminating your card makes it almost indestructible and then you only have to worry about not losing it. Spills, wear and tear would be a thing of the past though.
Even though it sounds great there are a few reasons I have decided not to laminate my vaccination card.
For international travel you never know what the requirements will be. Some countries are very strict on what is needed for entry documents. And they may be unwilling to accept a vaccination card that has been laminated since it is technically altered from its original state. This could be a reason for refusal to entry for a particular country.
With more and more countries allowing travelers to avoid quarantine with proof of vaccinations the importance of your card will be up there with your passport. Because of that you want to make sure it will actually be accepted and not altered in any way.
Booster Shots Are Likely
Pfizer’s CEO came out this week and said a 12 month booster shot is likely. And to simplify things you will probably want that info added to the vaccination card you already have the other shots on. No one wants to have to carry around multiple cards when traveling. It is just one more thing to misplace / lose when on the road.
Will There Be A Virtual Vaccination Passport?
I am really hoping that some type of app or website comes out where you can get a barcode or something border agents can scan that shows you have been vaccinated. That would make this whole discussion moot. Though, I am not sure that anything will come out that is accepted worldwide but I am hopeful that maybe Europe will have something that covers travel between their countries etc.
Should You Laminate Your Covid Vaccination Card – Final Thoughts
While these are best guesses on my part and definitely err on the side of caution I think it makes sense for me to resist laminating my vaccination card. If you don’t have plan to travel internationally over the next several years then it may not be as big of a deal to you. It is tempting to make something so valuable less destructible so I could see why some will go forward with doing it.
Let me know which way you are leaning and why in the comments below.