TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Health Department is warning people about COVID-19 vaccine card theft.
"I think it just goes to show how selfish some people are," said Tippecanoe County resident Bernie Kroll.
Kroll said he's not shocked to hear about people stealing COVID-19 vaccination cards.
"The whole pandemic has shown how selfish and irresponsible some Americans are," he added.
County Health Department Administrator Khala Hochstedler said people should not carry their vaccine cards on a regular basis.
"They are being stolen," Hochstedler said. "So, you want to keep those important documents just like any other medical record."
Hochstedler said the thieves can then use the cards lot number and make their own.
"It is considered an important document and it's hard to get it remade, especially if you went to a temporary site to get that," she explained. "We only remake our cards."
However, fake cards are not foolproof.
"People don't realize you can verify that you've had it through the state database," Hochstedler said. "So, it's not going to work out in their favor in the long run."
The other problem is the possibility of other kinds of identity theft.
"I've had people who've had their wallets stolen," she said. "So, if you think about that, they'd have your ID they'd have your vaccine record."
Hochstedler said it's best to just play it safe.
"We just recommend putting them with your normal paperwork at home, like where you keep your birth certificate," she said. "You can take a picture of it if you need it for travel, but don't carry it on you."
Hochstedler also said to not laminate your vaccine cards because you'll have to get a new one if you want to get a booster.