NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - If you’ve recently received your COVID-19 vaccine, you got a special card afterwards that proves you were vaccinated.

But what are you supposed to do with it?

Dr. David Aronoff, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, says keeping track of your card is important.

“It’s possible there will be situations where we will want to have evidence of our vaccination,” he said.

Dr. Aronoff says you should keep the original in safe place but have a copy on you.

“Take a picture of your card, don’t share it on social media. But keep a copy of your card,” he said. “You may want to treat this as a medical record. This is protected health information.”

But what happens if you lose it?

“Try to go back to where you got your vaccine and ask for a replacement,” Dr. Aronoff said. “Most places delivering vaccines should have a record that you had your vaccine there.”

Ebon Gaines says he just got vaccinated with his first dose a couple weeks ago.

“It means a lot,” he said.

Gaines says he keeps his close.

“[It’s] in my wallet. Right in that back pocket.”

Dr. Aronoff says your phone can turn a photo into a PDF file, so you can save a digital copy that way. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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