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COVID-19 Vaccine: What To Expect

Many people around the country have been offered the COVID-19 vaccine. Older adults who are generally at greater risk from suffering from COVID-19 have been prioritized for vaccine distribution. This will help many feel more at ease knowing that they are protected to a degree from this dangerous virus, it may also feel scary if you are the first person you know of to receive the vaccine. Here are a few things to expect when receiving your dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to CDC guidelines

It Can Cause Side Effects:

A large percent of those who have received the vaccine complained about experiencing symptoms after their dose. There may be pain at the site of the injection which can be minimized by applying ice or a cool compress to the area. If the pain is significant, many people have noted that using over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen helps subdue pain or soreness. 

Other side effects include headache, fatigue, or other fever symptoms like hot flashes and chills. This is to be expected with this vaccine, and again these symptoms can be subdued with pain relief medication rather easily. 

Expect Discomfort For a Couple Days:
It is normal for symptoms to last up to a couple days, but please do seek medical attention if the severity and persistence of symptoms are concerning you.

Make Sure to Get Your Follow Up Dose:

Vaccine distributors will let you know this information as well, but the efficacy of these vaccines can only be achieved if you receive both doses. If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, the second dose must be administered 21 days after your initial dose. If you receive the Moderna vaccine, the second dose must be administered 30 days after your initial dose. 

Keep Following Safety Guidelines: 

Although the vaccine is highly effective in protecting patients against COVID-19, it is important to follow safety guidelines until advised not to. Wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding contact with those outside of your household are all recommendations we must continue to follow.

For a more detailed information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.