Why do they ask for an ID to get a COVID vaccine?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Sonia Valdez, DNP, APRN explains why you’re asked for your ID when you get the COVID vaccines.

While we’re giving the vaccine, we do ask for an ID because we want to verify—and I’ll have to bring this up—because as a nurse, we have guidelines over when we’re giving medications. We have to make sure we have the right patient, the right dose, the right time and the right route, right? And so, with that I tell all of my, the people that ask me, “Why do they have to ask me that?” And I tell them, “Because I want to make sure that I’m going to give you the vaccine, and it’s not somebody else. And I want to make sure that it’s your name that I’m giving the document that says you now have proof that you’ve gotten the COVID vaccine in case you have to show proof that you’ve gotten the COVID vaccine,” and then they’ll say, “Oh, okay. That makes sense. That’s why you’re asking me for it.” So that’s the only reason why we’re asking you, because we want to be able to provide you with this printout that says you have gotten that vaccine today, and this is the vaccine that we’re giving you. So, it has to have your name and your information because this is your part of your medical record.

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