Information You Need: Tips for what to do before you receive the COVID-19 vaccine!

Before getting vaccinated:

  1. Consider postponing appointments or services that involve vaccines, cosmetic injections, or other injections at least two weeks before your COVID-19 vaccination appointment. If you have any questions or concerns, talk with your doctor.
  2. Go to bed early!
  • You want your immune system to be in good shape for receiving the vaccine! Scientists have found that sleep can greatly improve your immune function, so it is a good idea to be well-rested both prior to and after getting your vaccination. Limiting caffeine, alcohol, and exposure to blue light from technology before bed may help you get a better night of sleep.
  1. Avoid drinking alcohol 24 hours prior to your vaccination appointment.
  • Research is still needed to understand whether alcohol will impact the immune response made to the vaccine, but alcohol is known to compromise immune function. It is a good idea to at least avoid alcohol 24 hours prior to getting the vaccine, especially binge drinking (5 drinks for men and 4 drinks for women in two hours).
  1. Stay hydrated!
  • Similar to getting a good night’s rest, staying hydrated by drinking 8 cups of water a day is key to a healthy immune system.
  1. Avoid taking over the counter allergy medication as a “preventative” measure to avoid allergic reactions or pain at the injection site before your vaccine 
  • Continue to take these medications if you normally do so or are advised to do so by your doctor.
  • Allergic reactions to vaccinations are very rare and taking allergy medications like benadryl prior to your vaccination is not likely to prevent a severe allergic reaction. Vaccine point of distribution sites are stocked with epinephrine in case of emergency.
  • If you have questions about your specific allergies (especially to previous vaccinations or ingredients found in vaccinations), consult with your doctor before receiving the vaccination.
  • Note: If these medications are recommended by your doctor, or you take these medications already to manage chronic conditions DO NOT stop taking them prior to your vaccination appointment.
  • For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and allergic reactions, visit this link.
  1. Avoid taking NSAIDS (e.g., ibuprofen, aspirin) as a “preventative” measure to avoid pain at the injection site before your vaccine 
  • Continue to take these medications if you normally do so or are advised to do so by your doctor.
  • It is unlikely that these painkillers will drastically affect your response to the vaccine, but this is not yet well-understood, so it is best to avoid taking these as a preventative measure for pain prior to your vaccination. 
  • However, if you do experience common side effects such as aches or pain at the injection site after receiving the vaccine, consult with your doctor about taking acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen.
  • Note: If you take these medications to manage chronic conditions or your doctor has recommended that you take them, continue to take the medication.

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