People have started laminating their Covid vaccine cards in anticipation of using them as “a potential form of social currency.” 👀

Apr 5th

Laminating your virtue, the better to signal it.

However, you want to make sure you properly document how good a person you are so as to leave no doubt.

You should definitely create a backup of your card before laminating it.


Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University, told CNN that she recommends taking a photo of the card after each dose.

But what if I accidentally delete the photo or something happens to my phone?!

"Take a picture after getting the first shot, then after the second one too, in case you lose the physical card," she said. "Keep the picture on your phone, and email yourself a copy to be safe."

But is that really enough? It sounds like it's not enough.

Wen said she also recommends photocopying the card...

Oh good, two photos, an email copy, a photocopy, and the original card. But where should I keep the photocopy?

...and keeping it in the same place as other important documents, like your birth certificate.

Now can I laminate my card and preserve it for all to see?

After this, if you want to laminate your card, Wen says to "go for it."

Have you ever taken a picture of the receipt you got for your flu shot? Have you treated it like a winning lottery ticket, emailing yourself copies "to be safe" and keeping a photocopy with your birth certificate?

Or do you do what I do, file it away with your other routine medical records by which I mean, "put it in a pile of papers where it will never see the light of day again?"

While plans to establish standardized vaccination proof are still being developed, many are holding to their Covid-19 vaccine cards as a potential form of social currency.

Social currency. Where have I come across a term like that before?...

Like China, this is going to go beyond pure virtue signalling. A lot of people are assuming they will need this piece of paper, or the vaccine passport to follow, to participate in life. They want to laminate it because they expect to be having to show it A LOT.

And they are perfectly okay with that. Enthusiastic even.

You assume that the passport's sole purpose is to DENY access, when in my view, it is to GRANT it.

Requiring people to show a vaccine passport, or laminated Covid card, to enter stores, fly on planes, go to sporting events, basically anything that involves leaving your house or living your life, does not DENY access you see, because you have no unalienable right to do those things.

What you need is the state to GRANT you permission.

To repurpose T. S. Eliot,

This is the way liberty ends,

Not with a bang but a whimper

Get ready...


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