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

After getting vaccinated:

  1. Stay at the vaccine distribution site for the full observation period after getting the vaccine 
  • After you receive your vaccine, you will be asked to wait for 15 minutes (or 30 minutes if you have a history of severe allergic reactions). This observation period is just another precaution to ensure you are feeling fine!
  • Do not worry, in the extremely rare event that someone does have an allergic reaction, all vaccine points of distribution have a healthcare provider on site and  are stocked with epinephrine and benadryl.
  1. Sign up for VSafe – A CDC vaccination health checker. 
  • V-safe is a text messaging and web survey service that checks in with you after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine to monitor any side effects. The service also sends you reminders when to receive your second dose of the vaccine (if you still need to get it).
  • To sign up after receiving your vaccine, visit vsafe.cdc.gov and click Get StartedFor step by step instructions on how to sign up, visit this link.
  1. Continue to get lots of rest and stay hydrated
  • Good sleep and staying hydrated both contribute to a well-functioning immune system!
  1. Expect common side effects
  • Common side effects include pain at the injection site, swelling, rash, and itching in the vaccinated arm, fever, chills, tiredness or fatigue, and headache. 
    • More recently reported side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
  • If you are worried about other chronic conditions or any side effects lasting more than a few days or pain or swelling at the injection site increases after 24 hours, reach out to your doctor.

Not everyone will feel side effects after their first or even second dose of a vaccine and if you are one of those people, you should not worry. Everyone’s immune systems are different and therefore respond differently to vaccinations. For more information, stay tuned for next week’s update.

For tips on what to do before getting the COVID-19 vaccine, visit our previous update.

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