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ObieSafe Weekly: April 20, 2022

April 20, 2022 1:45 PM

The ObieSafe Team

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Editor’s note: the information originally provided in this article has been superceded as of April 21. To avoid possible confusion, we have removed the outdated information. See the April 21 update.

When to Get Tested for COVID-19

The CDC encourages you to get tested for COVID-19 in these situations.

  1. If you have COVID-19 symptoms
  2. At least 5 days after known or suspected close contact to COVID-19
  3. For screening (schools, workplaces, congregate settings, etc.)
  4. Before and after travel
  5. When asked by a healthcare professional or public health official

Attending an upcoming event or gathering? Reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by getting tested as close to the event date as possible. Self-tests are one of several options for testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 and may be more convenient than laboratory-based tests and point-of-care tests. If you have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days and recovered, you do not need to be tested unless you develop new symptoms. The Coronavirus Self-Checker is an interactive clinical assessment tool that can help you decide when to seek testing or medical care if you think you have COVID-19 or have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

At Oberlin, asymptomatic and symptomatic testing continues to be offered during published time periods for students, faculty and staff.

What to Do If You Need Proof of Vaccination

You can use your CDC COVID-19 vaccination card or a copy of your vaccination record (digital or paper) as proof of vaccination in the United States. Be sure to bring your CDC COVID-19 vaccination card with you to your appointment if you need another shot of COVID-19 vaccine (such as a booster)  so your provider can fill in the information about your additional shot.

If you have lost your CDC COVID-19 vaccination card or don’t have a copy, contact your vaccination provider directly to request a vaccination card or to get a copy of your vaccination record. If you cannot contact your vaccination provider site directly, contact your state health department’s Immunization Information System (IIS). Vaccination providers are required to report COVID-19 vaccinations to their IIS and related systems. Your state’s IIS cannot issue you a vaccination card, but they can provide a digital or paper copy of your vaccination record.

If you need another COVID-19 vaccine dose and are unable to get a copy of your vaccination card or vaccination record, talk to a vaccination provider. 

Please contact your state health department if you have additional questions about vaccination records. Your local or state health department can also provide more information about the laws or regulations in your area.

Important Note: CDC does not provide the white CDC COVID-19 vaccination card to individuals and does not maintain vaccination records. 

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