The cards, issued by the CDC, will be included in vaccination kits sent out by President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed.
Operation Warp Speed is coordinating with military planners and experts at the CDC to deliver vaccines to 300 million Americans.
“Everyone will be issued a written card that they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due,” said Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition.
“For most COVID-19 vaccine products, two doses of vaccine, separated by 21 or 28 days, will be needed,” according to the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook. “Because different COVID-19 vaccine products will not be interchangeable, a vaccine recipient’s second dose must be from the same manufacturer as their first dose.”
The CDC suggests some jurisdictions may use “robocalls” or text messages to remind “patients” of their second dose due date.
“The primary endpoint is to prevent clinical disease, to prevent symptomatic disease, not necessarily to prevent infection. The primary thing you want to do is, if people get infected, prevent them from getting sick. And if you prevent them from getting sick you will ultimately prevent them from getting seriously ill, so that’s what we want to do.”
Common symptoms of Covid-19 are similar to the seasonal flu: a fever, cough, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, and muscle aches.