This just in: Fall's hottest accessory isn't a new bag or a cool pair of chunky loafers, but rather, a holder for your COVID vaccine card. That's right: A clear, plastic home for your all-important vaccination card is high-key the ultimate must-cop item. After all, proof of vaccination in certain cities is the key to easing back into life as we once knew it; this includes things like indoor dining, attending concerts, and going to the gym or workout studios, not to mention being able to travel internationally.
As a Virgo, investing in a plastic protector before I even got fully vaccinated was a rare instance of me being ahead of the trend. (I was inspired in early 2021 after my mother got her card laminated — for free! — at a local office supply store in my hometown.) While I can't remember the last instance of something being so important being made of something as fragile as paper, a vaccine card protector is an easy, cheap solve. You can easily find multipacks to share with friends and family for under $8, and some even come with lanyards so you can wear it on your person or easily fish it out in a crowded tote.
"I had my card in my wallet and it was disintegrating before my eyes, so I made a quick Amazon purchase," shares R29's very own Kate Spencer. But don't just take our word for it: The handy item has, ironically, fully gone viral on Amazon, with several iterations racking up thousands of reviews. "This beats placing it in a plastic baggie for protection," writes one satisfied customer. Another reviewer pointed out the advantage they have to card lamination: "They can also be removed for booster vaccines."
"[My] vaccine card is my most prized possession right now."
"I had my card in my wallet and it was disintegrating before my eyes."
kate spencer, r29 editor
Whether you're looking for a basic clear plastic or vinyl holder, or are more than willing to invest in a more durable (or fashion-forward) case, your options are endless with a quick Amazon search. Shop some of our picks below.
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