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Details emerging on vaccine cards that will accompany inoculations

Details are emerging on the cards that will be issued by the federal government confirming Americans have received the coronavirus vaccine. 

"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," Kelly Moore, associate director of the Immunization Action Coalition, said Wednesday, according to CNN. "Let's do the simple, easy thing first. Everyone's going to get that."

Moore added that clinics providing vaccinations will also report what vaccine is administered to state immunization registries. Numerous clinics will also give patients the option to provide their phone numbers so they can be sent a reminder to take their second dose of the vaccine.

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Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers, told the network that all vaccinations administered will be recorded with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Pentagon has also issued details about the vaccine kits that will be assembled by the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed. They include the card, alcohol wipes, a mask and a needle and syringe.

Gen. Gustave Perna, Operation Warp Speed's chief operating officer, said in November that 100 million vaccine kits are prepared for deployment.

Pfizer and Moderna are both expected to receive emergency use authorization for their vaccine candidates in mid-December. The Pfizer vaccine, which will be under discussion at the Food and Drug Administration next Thursday, could be shipped as early as the following week if it is approved, according to an Operation Warp Speed document. Moderna, meanwhile, will be discussed on Dec. 17 and could have the first shipments sent out Dec. 22.

With initial supplies limited, officials have said front-line health care and long-term care workers will be prioritized for the first doses of the vaccine. The vaccine will likely be more widely available to the general population in the early months of 2021.