If you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, you’ve likely heard talk about vaccine passports and the issue of patient privacy when it comes to sharing vaccination status. This conversation often turns negative and divisive, yet there are numerous reasons to invest in a vaccine bracelet or vaccine charm for your jewelry, especially if you have pre-existing conditions. Here’s what you should know.
What is a Medical ID Bracelet?
Medical ID jewelry often takes the form of bracelets or necklaces with inscribed medical information. The goal of this jewelry is to provide emergency health workers with information about conditions that an individual may have if they are or incapacitated or unable to communicate.
Medical ID bracelets have been worn since 1953 and are common enough that emergency responders are often trained to look for them to ensure they can use any relevant information to care for the patient. Now, COVID-19 vaccination status is an important piece of information you can add to a medical ID bracelet in the form of a vaccine charm or an individual vaccine bracelet.
Below, we’ll discuss in-depth the type of information you may consider including on a medical bracelet.
What Information Should Be Included on a Medical ID Bracelet?
Medical ID bracelets are fairly limited in what they can include, due to their size. For this reason, you should carefully consider what will be most relevant to your care in the event of a medical emergency. Here’s what we’d recommend including on your bracelet.
- Medical conditions: asthma, cardiovascular concerns, diabetes, epilepsy, etc.
- Medications: blood-thinners, allergy medications, etc.
- Medical devices: pacemaker, heart stent, etc.
- Transplanted or missing organs
- Communication/cooperation challenges: schizophrenia, autism, non-verbal, deaf, etc.
- DNR orders
- Instructions such as “Call 911”
- COVID-19 vaccination status
Why Should You Include COVID-19 Vaccination Status?
Wearing a vaccine bracelet benefits both you and the people around you. If you’re immunocompromised, wearing a vaccine bracelet or adding a vaccine charm to your bracelet is a great way to ensure you receive the best care in a medical emergency. If you’re unconscious or cannot communicate your vaccination status, you’ll be able to expedite treatment or avoid misdiagnosis.
Additionally, even if you don’t have a medical condition, having a customized bracelet that signifies that you have antibodies and a significantly lower risk of passing any illness on to those around you is a relief. The privacy surrounding vaccination status doesn’t have to be negative. It has the potential to bring peace to your neighbors and friends, especially those who spend much of the last 18 months in quarantine for their own safety.
Are you looking for a vaccine bracelet or vaccine charms that you can add to your existing medical ID bracelet? Divoti offers custom-engraved medical ID wristbands that you can use to get the help you need in an emergency. Visit here to browse our selection.