Yes, vaccine card holders are a thing you need now

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With more than 49% of the American adult population fully vaccinated, things are definitely looking up. But we aren’t totally in the clear. The Delta variant is said to be the most contagious strain of COVID-19 yet, which means masks aren’t going anywhere and proof of vaccination will likely become more common as we go about daily life. Of course, that means vaccine cards — and vaccine card holders — will likely be essential any time you leave the house.

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, then you may not be familiar with the vaccine card. It’s a small 3-inch by 4-inch piece of paper that includes your name, birth date and the dates your vaccination shots were administered. While it’s currently unclear if and how people will be expected to use these vaccine cards going forward, one thing is for certain: You’ll want to keep your vaccine card safe and secure.

That’s where vaccination record card holders and vaccine card protectors come in. Read on to find out exactly what they are and where to buy one for your vaccine card.

What is a vaccine card holder, anyway?

As the name suggests, a vaccine card holder is a small, portable carrying case that you can use to store your vaccine card. Most vaccine card protectors are plastic, which is a great option if you’re worried about your vaccine card getting wet. Some even feature a zip closure to ensure water and other liquids never come in contact with your vaccine card.

Thanks to creatives and artists like Tande Sewing Studio pictured above, you can also get a vaccine card holder that’s a bit more stylish or even personalized. Crafty folks have already gotten to work creating vaccine card holders that look a lot like passport covers made from pretty printed fabrics and even buttery soft leather.

When shopping for a vaccine card protector, you’ll want to consider if you want a folding style that encases your vaccine card like a book or if you want a flat style that has a hook for lanyard that you can wear around your neck. Another option? Some vaccine card protectors come with rings that you can attach to your keychain!

Where to buy vaccine card holders?

Whether you’ve already received one or both of your vaccine shots or you’re still waiting to get an appointment, now is the time to order a vaccine card holder. Fortunately, there are already lots of great options to choose from on sites like Etsy and Amazon. Be warned: The vaccine card holders on Amazon are definitely less, umm, pretty than what you’ll find on Etsy. That said, they’re less expensive in general and will still get the job done.

Check out some of the best vaccine card protectors from both Etsy and Amazon sites below:

1. Personalized Vaccine Cards Cover/Holder, $20.90

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This vaccine card holder get bonus points because you can use it to store your vaccination record and your passport. It’s made from real leather, comes in three colors and you can personalize the front with your name or initials.

2. Passport Vaccination Cardholder, $14

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Available in more than ten prints, this convenient creation comes with a slot for your vaccination card and a space for your passport.

3. Rifle Paper Co. Vaccination Card Holder, $10

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Fans of Rifle Paper Co.’s iconic prints will want to order one of these stunning vaccine card holders ASAP. Consider yourself warned: they’re already a best seller on Etsy.

4. Vaccination card holder, $10

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Schitt’s Creek fans will definitely want to snatch up this vaccine card holder featuring the beloved David Rose.

5. Covid Vaccination Card Holder/Vaccine Card Holder, $8.99

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Feeling cheeky? This is the vaccine card holder for you. If a year’s worth of social distancing has pushed you over the edge, let this vaccine card holder do the talking for you.

6. Vaccination Card Holder, $9

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Minimalists will appreciate the sleek, understated design of this vaccine card holder. Made from soft velvet and available in five colors, this bi-fold holder is stylish and practical.

7. PERSONALIZED Vaccination Cardholder Holder with Privacy Window, $26.50

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If you’re a sucker for personalization (and really, who isn’t?), then splurge on this genuine leather vaccine card holder from Etsy. Not only can you customize this pick with your name, but you can also choose your leather color from 13 different options.

8. Vaccine Card Holder, $9.90 (Orig. $11)

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These pretty marble-effect vaccine card holders are a great option because they’re made from durable faux leather to keep your vaccination card extra secure.

9. CDC Covid Vaccination Card Protector 4 X 3 Inches with Lanyard, $6.99

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This durable plastic vaccine card holder is available in five colors, and it the perfect size for all standard vaccination cards.

10. CDC Vaccination Card Protector, $8.99 (Orig. $10.99)

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If you’re looking for a simple, straightforward plastic vaccine card holder that keeps your documents from folding or getting wet, this is your best bet. A pack of ten holders is less than $9, so you’ll have plenty to share with family and friends.

11. Ciana PU Leather Passport and Vaccine Card Holder Passport Holder, $7

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Perfect for traveling internationally, this vaccine card holder comes in a pretty turquoise color and is less than $10.

Other Vaccine Card Holders

12. CDC Vaccination Card Protector, $8.65

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Walmart shoppers, rejoice! You can add this plastic, waterproof vaccine card protector to your next order.

13. Vaccine Cardholder, $11.99

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If you’re an avid eBay shopper, put this perfectly sized vaccine card holder in your shopping cart, so it’s there when you’re ready to check out. It comes in more than 15 different colors, including solid and glittery options.

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