CNN posts snapshot of vaccine card for wallet, will show when inoculated and when next due

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The Department of Defense triggered worries Thursday among those concerned about government overreach after it published a photo that shows a card that will reportedly be issued to everybody who receives a COVID-19 vaccine.

Speaking with CNN, Dr. Kelly Moore of the Immunization Action Coalition, a non-profit that works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said “everyone” will receive the card to make it easier to track the vaccine’s distribution.

“Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due. Let’s do the simple, easy thing first. Everyone’s going to get that,” she said.

Business Insider added that the specific function of the card will be to remind Americans “to get second doses of COVID-19 vaccines.”

“Army Gen. Gustave Perna, who oversees the logistics of delivering COVID-19 vaccines to states, said federal agents will send ancillary kits that include needles and syringes to doctor’s offices and pharmacies that will distribute the vaccines,” the outlet reported.

“The kits also include paper cards to serve as reminders for patients to get second doses, he said at a Wednesday briefing. Americans will need to fill out the cards with the date they must go in a for a follow-up visit.”

View the card below via CNN:

The publication of the photo provoked an outpouring of anger from people who believe America is on track to require its citizens to carry the card with them at all times. Some critics even resorted to making Nazi comparisons.

Others mocked the card on the basis that it could easily be faked.

Look (*Language warning):

Business Insider noted that both the vaccines currently being fast-tracked — one from Pfizer, and the other from Moderna — require two doses, with the second dose being administrated three weeks after the first.

The reason therefore for issuing a card to those who’ve been vaccinated once is to make up for the reported habit of Americans apparently never showing up for the second dose of whatever vaccine they’re obtaining.

“Getting 100% of Americans to show up for a second dose might be tricky, experts told Business Insider’s Aylin Woodward. Studies show a significant number of women did not return to get second doses of the human papillomavirus vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer,” Insider reported.

“If taken correctly, early trial data indicates the vaccines will be highly effective at preventing individuals from getting COVID-19. A Pfizer analysis of late-stage trial data found its shot is 95% effectiveness in preventing COVID-19, exceeding scientists’ expectations. Moderna said its vaccine was 94.1% effective at protecting against COVID-19.”

While the vaccines are slated to start being rolled out later this month, because of limited supplies most Americans won’t have access to the vaccines until February or March.

If current Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden ultimately wins the 2020 presidential election, that means he’ll be in charge when distribution begins. It’s unclear what, if any, stipulations he may impose on the public.

What’s known is that members of Biden’s transition team are already “discussing … whether to create a secure way for vaccinated individuals to prove they have received both shots, and whether Covid vaccines should ultimately be made mandatory,” as reported Monday by The New York Times.

This suggests that even if the federal government does require Americans to carry their coronavirus card, as some suspect might happen, more stringent, “secure” methods of tracking the American people may be en route …

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