What Is the Purpose of the COVID Vaccination Card?

Recorded on February 10, 2021.

What is the purpose of the card you receive once you get your COVID vaccine? Attorney Paul Harding of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP is on the radio with WIZN to help explain.

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Joe: 106.7 WIZN. That’s Aerosmith, “Same Old Song and Dance.” Heard Stevie Ray Vaughan before that. Joe Vega here with you in your Wednesday “Rocking Ride Home,” and I’m joined now by Paul Harding from Martin, Harding & Mazzotti. Hello, Paul.

Paul: Hey, Joe, how are you?

Joe: I am doing well. Thank you for asking. So, calling you because I had a question in regards to the COVID vaccine card and passport, which apparently you get. So, obviously, the vaccine is out now. More and more people are getting it. I think we’re up to 11% here in Vermont. I’m sure that the numbers in Northern New York are fairly similar.

But it caught my attention that when you receive the vaccine after you receive the vaccine, you get a vaccine card and a passport. And I guess you’re just supposed to carry those with you. And my question is, what is the point of that?

Paul: Well, they haven’t really made a point of it yet, but they’re setting it up. So, you’re getting a card. So, it’s written down, and it says, “Hey, here’s the manufacturer that you have, here’s your lot number, and here’s the date of your vaccine.” And so, you have this card, right?

Joe: Uh-huh.

Paul: So, but where the momentum is going is bringing this digital. Getting this information digitally. Talk of it being on a passport. They’re calling it a vaccination passport. So, whether you’re going to a baseball game, or you go to work, or you’re in a store, you might just stop there and flash your digital passport and say, “Look, I’m all vaccinated up, let me in.”

Joe: Yeah, I guess the passport part makes sense to me, right? You want to fly to another country, it’s probably going to help to show that you got the COVID-19 vaccine. But the card, in general, so that’s just, basically, are they going to start do you think making that a requirement for getting into places, like you said, baseball games and stuff like that?

Paul: Depends on which news network you choose to watch, right? So, I think there is some momentum building with something responsibly at the very least. And others may view it as irresponsible on the other side. But sure, you’re going to walk into Yankee Stadium, and they would love to say, “Everybody in here, number one, doesn’t have a fever, and had a vaccination.” Right?

Joe: Right. Yeah.

Paul: That would be just another level of peace. Or you go to a theater, the guy seating next to you, you know he’s sitting in your shoes, right? So, that’s the momentum. We’re certainly not there yet, but I would say, as it pertains to flying, sure. You know, Europe is going to say, “We’re welcoming all United States visitors, oh, by the way, if you’ve had your vaccination.”

Joe: Right, I got you. And look, it makes sense to me, for sure, to be able to show some sort of proof that you’re not a hazard to the public.

Paul: That’s right.

Joe: And I just want you to know, Paul, here at the Wizard, we do everything with zero spins or at least a classic rock spin to it.

Paul: The best spin of all. That’s right.

Joe: All right, thanks a lot for answering my question, Paul. Paul Harding from Martin, Harding & Mazzotti.

Paul: All right, Joe, talk soon.

Joe: Remember you can call Paul or any of the fine lawyers at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti at any time at 1-800-LAW-1010, or go online to 1800law1010.com. All right, Mel Allen is taking over from here. He’s got music from Kansas and AC/DC next.