COVID-19 Vaccine

You got the Golden Ticket! They notified you that your number came up and it’s time to line up, roll up your sleeve and get your COVID-19 Vaccine!

Now what? Should you do anything to prepare? Is it going to hurt? Are you going to get sick?

Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Web MD advise.

Despite what your neighbor told you, the CDC doesn’t recommend taking over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen, aspirin, or antihistamines before getting the vaccine because they aren’t sure how it will affect how well the vaccine works.

Don’t get any other vaccines – like for influenza or shingles – within 14 days of getting the COVID-19 shot. If you recently got another vaccine, wait 14 days before getting the COVID-19 shot.

Take a form of identification like your driver’s license with you when you get your vaccine. Wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from others until it’s time for your shot.

You will receive a vaccination card and information about the vaccine that you receive.

You will also have to sit for about 15 minutes after the vaccination and be observed. They want to make sure you don’t have a reaction from the shot.

After the Vaccine

Some people have reported having a sore arm and it’s all right to take a Tylenol to relieve pain after getting the vaccine. And even more have reported a reaction to the second vaccine, things like fever, chills, and body aches. It’s ok to take medications for those side effects, too.

If you get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you’ll need to get a second shot, three weeks later for the Pfizer and four weeks after the first for the Moderna. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine doesn’t require a second shot. Even if you have a reaction to the first shot, you still need to get the second unless your physician advises against it. Don’t get the vaccine earlier than prescribed.

By Amanda Rogers for Surepoint Medical Centers

Photo by Daniel Schludi on Unsplash


Amanda Rogers is a freelance writer based in Fort Worth, Texas

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