NEW YORK, March 12, 2021 (Newswire.com) - If you don't post a selfie with your vaccine card on Instagram, did you even get the vaccine? (You should be able to tell by some arm soreness, fever, chills, or any of the other possible side effects if you're not sure).
There may be disagreements about which COVID-19 vaccine is best or most effective (the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson), but one universal truth exists for all three: you shouldn't share your vaccine card on social media.
Ways to let people know you're vaccinated
These cards have personal information—including your full name, date of birth, and where you received your shot(s)—that you don't want to go viral. Pun absolutely intended.
You wouldn't want someone taking out a credit card or online personal loan in your name, leaving you on the hook to pay off the debt.
So how can you let the masses know you've received your COVID-19 vaccine and are on your way to gathering unmasked with—gasp—people outside your household?
1. Post a picture of your vaccine sticker
For elections, it's illegal to post a ballot selfie in 14 states, and in another dozen states the rules are unclear—because of concerns around voter intimidation, vote buying, and fraud. On the other hand, proponents of the ballot selfie cite free speech concerns. Regardless of where you live, though, it's more than acceptable to post your "I Voted" sticker.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has encouraged the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine stickers or buttons in a similar effort. Rather than posting your vaccine card, consider sharing your vaccine sticker instead, especially if you live near State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, where they're giving out stickers that say: "I WAS VACCINATED SO I CAN DO LIFE" with a smiley face in the O of "do."
2. Post a picture from your vaccine site
Many vaccine "megasites" and other locations distributing vaccines have legit selfie stations to prove or show off—whatever your motivation may be—that you're among the inoculated.
This is a nice way to commemorate a historic moment, especially if you're taking your 90-year-old grandmother for her vaccine, too.
3. Use a frame on your profile picture
If you're an old who still uses Facebook, you can add a "Vaccinated!" frame to your profile picture to tell the world—or at least the four people you went to high school with who post pictures of their babies and whine about the parking lot at Trader Joe's—that you got your shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, EVERYBODY! OK, don't get that many shots, though.
And remember, World Immunization Week is April 24-30 so make sure you leave it up through at least the end of April to celebrate.
Whatever you do, just don't post that vaccination report card. And don't send a text to the family group chat saying, "I've been shot." It's misleading, and frankly, a little frightening out of context.