Staples must have gotten all the attention Krispy Kreme is getting for giving out free donuts to people vaccinated throughout the year, with proof through a valid vaccination card, because now they are offering to laminate those cards for all of us for free. In the latest installment of Nice Things Businesses Are Doing for Us Right Now, Staples announced yesterday that it will be laminating, free of charge, any completed vaccine cards from now until May 1, and this morning Office Depot followed suit, promising free lamination until July 25.
It is not yet clear how important paper cards will be in the coming months, but chances are good that you will need yours as proof of vaccination at some point if you travel or when you return to work or school. Because there is no comprehensive “digital vaccination passport” system in the US, most of us will rely on that sheet of paper as our only proof that we have been vaccinated.
To protect your integrity for as long as we need it, Staples says Business Insider that will laminate any vaccination card after the cardholder has received two doses (for vaccines that require two, that is) by May 1. That date is an extension of your initial announcement of April 3. The offer is valid in stores nationwide; the coupon code is “81450” according to CBS Boston. The Office Depot offering is very similar, but runs through the end of July; the coupon code is 52516714 and the offer can be printed here.
Note that while laminating the card can help prevent damage, it does not prevent loss. It is still a good idea to take a clear photo of the card for your records in case it gets lost.