Unlike most of the rest of the educated world, the United States has chosen not to have a national digital vaccination standard. There are a number of private options like CLEAR or Samsung Pay that lets you create one but with no option we can have complete confidence that the rest of the world will accept.
Frustrating? You bet!
So we are stuck with this sad and flimsy paper card that is the same for all of the US and we all need to understand how important protecting this original document is if we wish to travel around the world.
Why not make digital backups or make a copy and have it plastic-coated at places like Staples or Office Depot? Most locations require your original REAL paper document to be presented NOT a copy or a photo or a digital device from one of the many digital choices.
Also, the feds seem to take a very negative view of you using their logo or making a “fake” backup card, that is, doing this could land you in jail (or worse) so I am not doing this.
So how do we protect our real cards?
Why these? I have really taken a great deal of time researching options and I think these are the best choice / value / option.
Here is my thinking:
I wanted something about the same size as my passport. Plus, they are large and flexible enough that my passport will nest inside them.
Beyond this, they provide a few other nice options.
The vax card slides in with little effort so if I have to pull it out and present the card outside the wallet I can do that with little risk of damage. In addition to that, it has a spot for two cards so if you wanted to you could buy one and have both your and your +1’s card in the same wallet. For me, since my state of Indiana also provides a proof of vaccination card I can include both of these in my one physical wallet.
Why these vs. simply one of the other waterproof clear plastic options?
I want something long-term-ish. I wanted something that I can simply remove the cards for my next (and next and next…) booster shots and return the card to its home. I think this wallet will do that.
What do you think of my choice? Would you rather have one that your passport fits inside like this one or maybe this one? Do you have a better option to protect your card? – René
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