Some cities—like New York and New Orleans—now require proof of vaccination for indoor dining and events, which means your COVID vaccine card can feel as valuable as your driver’s license or passport. But carrying around that flimsy paper record sans protection can feel risky, and experts advise against laminating vaccination cards as it prevents them being marked for future booster shots.
Because typical wallets are too small to hold your vax card, many brands have started producing sleeves specifically for holding vaccination records. To keep your card close and protected and ensure it doesn’t get lost, try one of these 10 stylish picks.
1. This no-frills lanyard card protector
Keep your vaccination card around your neck—and close to your heart—with this simple card holder attached to a ribbon-like lanyard. The double-sided clear sleeve is made of a durable flexible plastic. It has a 4.3-star rating on Amazon from reviewers, who praise its sturdiness and affordable price.
2. This simple horizontal card sleeve
This leather holder is an attractive yet basic option for your vaccine card. It comes with a key ring, a protective window and a button clamp to keep your card from falling out. For a personalized touch, you can add an engraving of your name into the holder’s case, along with a COVID-related graphic. The Etsy staff pick is available in eight colors, including yellow, blue, red and black.
3. This designer pouch
To avoid cramming your vaccine card into your wallet or purse, try storing it in this sleek pouch from Polo Ralph Lauren, which can hold your phone, keys and a few other tiny valuables as well. Its water-resistant polyester shell protects it from the elements, while its bright color prevents you from ever misplacing your card again.
4. This bifold pocket wallet
Keep your vaccine card, credit cards, cash and change all together in this bestselling leather wallet. Its minimal design is compact enough to store in your pocket. Reviewers love it for its small size, snap-button closure and multiple card slots. It comes in more than 25 different colors, including green, yellow, pink, and purple.
5. This water-resistant card protector
For a card holder that prioritizes protection, this Etsy pick is a must-have. Its resealable clear vinyl casing makes for easy reading without removing your vax card, and its multiple holes are convenient for pairing with a lanyard or budget clip. It’s sold in singles, or in multi-packs of 12.
6. This vertical card holder
If you’ve got a lanyard or chain, you can attach it to this card holder via the metal clasp. Another Etsy staff favorite, the leather sleeve has a vinyl window the exact size of your vax card. You can also personalize it with a punny COVID-related stamp that reads “I Got My Fauci Ouchie” or “Fully Vaccinated.” It comes in nine colors, including different shades of brown and black.
7. This canvas tool pouch
When card protectors alone won’t cut it, carry your record in a sturdy tool pouch. This tough bag is meant to hold tools and sharp objects, but who says it can’t be used as a carry-all bag? Measuring 6 inches by 8 inches, it’s equipped with a shoulder strap, a belt loop and two large pockets to keep your vax card easy to pull out.
8. This Harry Potter vaccine card holder
Wizards and witches have their own option for holding their vax card: this cute Harry Potter-themed protector. Featuring a play on a quote from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the holder reads “I Solemnly Swear I Have Been Vaccinated” beside a threaded image of an owl. Reviewers love the large size, which helps finding it inside of a bag that much easier.
9. This passport holder with a card window
If you’re planning on traveling overseas soon, this foldable leather passport holder is a useful accessory. Measuring 4 inches by 3 inches, it has two slots—one for holding your passport and the other for holding your vaccine card. The clear window allows your card to be easily read while protecting it from dirt and debris. Available in 10 different colors, including purple, rose gold, and black, it has more than 350 glowing reviews from Etsy shoppers.
10. This T-shirt with a vaccine card window
The first of its kind, this streetwear T-shirt by design agency Cala has a transparent zippered chest pocket that can be used to display your vaccine card. Appropriately called the “Vax Card Tee,” it allows you to show your vaccination status without having to dig into your pants pockets or wallet. Made of cotton, the tee comes in men’s sizes S to XL. Just don't forget to take the card out before the shirt hits the hamper.
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