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Is There Any Good COVID-Vaccine Merch?

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Retailers

Do you need an enamel pin commemorating your COVID-19 vaccination? No. But in ten years, when you’re looking back on this time, it might be nice to have a somewhat cheerful souvenir. My mother has a box of buttons from her younger days, including one from a 1980 protest against nuclear energy and another that reads “Pratt on Strike” from her time in art school. I love looking at those, and I didn’t even live through the events they commemorate, so it makes sense to add a “Fully Vaccinated” pin to her pile — and mine. Even if you’re not sentimental, getting vaccinated is something worth celebrating in one way or another. There is a huge amount of COVID-vaccine merch out there, including buttons and pins, but also T-shirts, socks, and stickers. A lot of it is cheesy and not worth your money, but after sifting through Etsy, Zazzle, and Redbubble, I found a surprising amount of pretty nice-looking options.

Buttons, pins, and patches

Good type makes any button worth wearing.

A simple smile button truly captures the mood of getting your second dose.

Some people will want their pin to declare victory.

Others might prefer saying it with a kitsch sunset.

This heart-shaped patch is perfect for vaccinated lovers.

And this patch might delight a fan of science-fiction films.

Stickers

A sticker for your travel mug so your barista can congratulate you.

This sticker will help you keep a safe social distance once we’re all back at the office.

And this one, when affixed to a bottle of wine, would make a lovely gift for a newly vaccinated friend.

T-shirts, sweatshirts, and socks

Wear this on a first date or to a family reunion.

From $43

Here’s a sweatshirt for showing your support.