Topic: What to do to get your Covid vaccination added to your medical record
Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 and receiving a vaccination card has become a rite of passage for many Americans who have endured the pandemic for the last year.
Securing a vaccination card, however, doesn’t necessarily mean your Covid-19 vaccine status is in your medical records.
Many got the vaccines at drive-in events, sports stadiums and other mass vaccination locations in their communities. If you are among the countless people who didn’t get the doses at a primary care doctor’s office, there may not be any record of the vaccination on file with your doctor.
You need to preserve those vaccine records just as you would any other important medical information, doctors say. After taking the vaccine, here is what to do to get your vaccination added to your official medical record.
Give a copy to your primary care doctor
It’s really that simple. Email, mail or fax your vaccinination card to your doctor’s office. The administrators will add your Covid-19 vaccine to your medical record. Or bring your vaccination card into the office at your next appointment, so office staff can scan a copy into the system.
If you change providers in the future, your medical record will be forwarded to your new provider, which will include your record of taking the vaccine.
For people who got the vaccine but do not have a primary care doctor, it’s time to schedule an appointment with one, said Dr. Sirisha Mohan, clinical assistant professor in the department of family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
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