COVID-19 vaccine card

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A COVID-19 vaccine card is a record often given to those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine showing information such as the date(s) one has received the shot(s) and the brand of vaccine one has received, sometimes including the lot number. The card also contains information identifying the recipient and the location where the shot was given. Depending on the country, it could serve as an official document verifying one has received vaccination, which could be required by some institutions, such as a school or workplace, when boarding a cruise ship, or when crossing an international border, as proof that one has been vaccinated.

Some countries issue digital records while others issue paper records. In some or most EU countries, citizens might choose to have a digital record, a piece of paper, or both.[1]

By country


Australian Digital Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate Sample

Australians, at the time they receive their vaccine, are given a digital record accessible on their smartphones.[2]


In December 2020, the Brazilian senate approved digital cards.[3]


The Province of British Columbia announced plans to implement a vaccine passport system starting in September 2021.[4] The province of Manitoba implemented a vaccine passport for various indoor and outdoor events, starting in September 3, 2021.[5] The province of Quebec implemented a vaccine passport for various indoor and outdoor events starting September 1, 2021[6]


China uses digital vaccine certificates for cross border travel.[7]


Those who have received two doses of a vaccine receive a certificate that allows them to travel.[8]

EU Digital COVID Certificate (COVID-19 passport) downloaded from Polish governmental website


Vaccine certificates in France are issued with a QR code — an EU Digital COVID Certificate — scanned onto the country's contact tracing app, TousAntiCovid. The app, which can also scan the QR Code of a test result, allows those vaccinated to show their vaccination status on their smartphone.[9]


In Germany vaccination is documented in the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, commonly known as "gelber Impfpass" (yellow vaccination passport) [10] There is also a digital version available, regularly issued since July 1 in vaccination centers for people receiving their vaccination and in pharmacies for those who were vaccinated before July.[11]


COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued by the Government of India after vaccination. The photo of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is shown.

In India, once a person receives a dose of vaccine, a digital certificate is issued that can be downloaded from either the CoWIN portal or the Aarogya Setu mobile app. A provisional certificate is issued after the first dose, which contains the vaccinated person's personal details, the vaccine used, the vaccinator's name, and the window for the next dose. A final certificate is issued after the second dose.[12] For those traveling abroad, an option to link their passport is available.[13]


COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued by the Indonesian government for the second dose vaccination.

In Indonesia, every person who have received at least a dose of vaccine will receive a vaccine card and vaccination certificate which can be downloaded from PeduliLindungi mobile app.[14] Vaccination card contains the vaccinated person's personal details, the vaccine used, the vaccinator's name, the batch number of the vaccine used, and the window for the next dose.


A COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card issued by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland

On 12 July 2021, fully vaccinated people in Ireland began receiving their EU Digital COVID Certificates via email or post.[15] The EU digital certificate in Ireland was initially used for international travel as restrictions into and out of the country eased from 19 July,[16] but was also used in restaurants and bars as proof of vaccination to gain access to indoor hospitality.[17]

The Health Service Executive (HSE) issues a vaccine record card to those receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in Ireland that provides reminders for a follow-up appointment. The card contains the recipient's name, the dates on which the two doses were administered, the name of the vaccine, and its batch number.[18] The vaccine record card was also used as proof of vaccination in restaurants and bars.[19]


In February 2021, Israel rolled out its Green Pass system for those who had completed a week after taking their second dose of the vaccine or those who had recovered from the virus and were ineligible to take the vaccine. The Green Pass is issued by the Ministry of Health. It is a secure digital certificate that is required to enter certain crowded areas such as restaurants, gyms, theatres,, and synagogues that have registered themselves as part of the system. A vaccinated person has to either download the app or use the website to download the certificate. A QR Code is provided to allow the pass to be verified. When launched, the pass was valid for six months from the date of the second dose of the vaccine.[20] In May, the Ministry extended the validity of the Green Pass until the end of the year.[21]


An International Certificate of Vaccination issued by the Bureau of Quarantine in the Philippines after being vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine in 2021.

Upon being vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine, the local government unit (LGU) or recognized private healthcare providers issue a vaccine card that shall act as proof of vaccination. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is presently working with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) for a centralized registry for COVID-19 vaccinated residents under a common digital vaccine ID that shall feature an unique QR code and a person's photograph.[22]

Since 2021, the Bureau of Quarantine of the Philippines has updated the existing International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) that shall include information for being vaccinated from COVID-19 and currently being issued to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and residents going on international travel. The new ICV contains a unique QR code, which allows the verification of the authenticity of the said certificate. At presently, the ICV can only be issued to Filipino citizens and residents who have been vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine listed under the Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO).[23]

South Africa

Digital Vaccine Card Used in South Africa

Current South African Covid-19 Vaccination Record Cards Contain Identification information and provision for 3 doses of vaccines.[24]

The eVaccine Card or Digital Vaccine Certificates can be assessed at

The Digital Certificate has the Department of Health Logo at the top with a QR Code on the right intended to be used in the future, said to be available by the end of 2021.[25][26]

There 3 sections to the Certificate.[27]

The first section contains identification data including ID Document Used, ID Number, First Name, Surname and Date Of Birth.[28]

The second section contains vaccine dose information as in Vaccine Received, Vaccine Date and Proof of vaccination code. This will be on there twice if the individual has received more than one dose.[29]

The final section contains a card expiration date.[30]

South Korea

Those traveling to South Korea do not require a vaccine certification.[31]


As of the 24th of August, the Swedish government have discussed implementing a vaccine card restricting access to music and culture events to people with two vaccine doses.[32]


A COVID-19 Vaccination Record card issued in the Republic of China (Taiwan).

After inoculation, individuals receive an official yellow card like the one above that records individuals' vaccination information.[33]

United Kingdom

A vaccine card issued in the United Kingdom

Those receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom (except Scotland) are given a card the size of a credit card that provides reminders for a follow-up appointment. The card contains the recipient's name, the dates on which the two doses were administered, the name of the vaccine, and its batch number.[34] Vaccinated people looking to travel abroad can take a printout of their certificate from the website of the National Health Service (NHS). The QR Code present on the vaccination certificate can be used to store the details on a smartphone app.[35]

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in July 2021 that once all adults have received their second dose of the vaccine, vaccine cards would be mandatory to gain access to crowded places such as nightclubs.[36]

United States

A CDC issued vaccination card in Florida.

Those who receive their vaccination in the United States are given a card with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) logo that records their name, the date of each dose, and the brand of the vaccine they have received.[37]

Some states provide a digital record of vaccination to their residents, using a QR code that can be verified with a scanner app. New York State has the Excelsior Pass which also records the results of COVID-19 tests while California has the California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record.[38][39]


Posting on social media

Many vaccine recipients have posted pictures of their vaccine cards on social media. This risks the exposure of personal information that is unsafe to share with the public.[40]


Fake vaccine cards have been sold on the Internet. Sales of these cards have increased substantially since some businesses started requiring proof of vaccination to gain entry. Existing laws prohibit the sale and use of these forgeries.[41]

In September 2021, a woman in the United States was arrested for using a fake vaccine card to bypass mandatory vaccination requirements. The arrest was made after it came to light that the card said Maaderna instead of Moderna in the vaccine name.[42] The same month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized more than 6,000 counterfeit vaccine cards across the country with two mail packages in Pittsburg originating from China.[43] Prior to this, several vendors were found selling fake vaccine cards on e-commerce platforms such as Amazon.[44]

In Russia, a black market for fake vaccine cards emerged soon after the government started requiring them for various activities.[45]

Theft of authentic cards

A Chicago pharmacist sold 125 authentic vaccination cards online to 11 different buyers and was charged with 12 counts of theft of government property, with a potential sentence of ten years in prison for each count.[46] A contractor at the Pomona Fairplex in California stole 528 blank vaccination cards and was charged with felony grand theft.[47]


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