If you are getting ready to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines, you might find yourself wondering just what you can expect. Even if you have zero hesitation about this vaccine, it is always a good idea to go to your appointment with a full understanding of what you can expect, including some things that are only a possibility of happening. To help you prepare, you will want to examine the following information:
Setting An Appointment
Where you can receive your COVID-19 vaccine will vary depending on your state and the availability of the tests. In many cases, major pharmacies are carrying the vaccines, as well as primary doctor offices. There may even be some other health organizations that are offering the coronavirus vaccine. You will want to call around to see who has available vaccines and that can give you an appointment date and time that works with your personal schedule. If vaccines are hard to come by where you live, you might need to leave early for work or take a paid day off so you can get your vaccine during the only time slots available.
At The Appointment
Too many people make the mistake of not going to their scheduled COVID vaccine appointments because they are worried and simply do not know what to expect. While pain tolerances are different for everyone, most people find that the shot barely hurts, as it is injected into your upper arm. You will need to wear loose fitting clothing so you can push your sleeves up high enough for the technician or doctor to administer the shot. Once you have received the shot, you will be asked to sit in the waiting area for a few minutes. This is just to make sure that you do not have any adverse reactions to the shot before you get in your car and drive off.
Keep Your Vaccine Card Safe
You will be given a vaccine card, which will have your personal information, as well as the date of your first COVID shot. Keep this card on hand because you will need to bring it with you to get your second vaccine, as well as any booster you might be eligible for in the future. Do not show off your vaccine card online, because you do not want people stealing your information or trying to duplicate your card to pass off as their own.
Once all is said and done, you will be able to continue your day as normal. You can go to work, cook dinner, and do whatever it is you like to do. There are no restrictions. You may experience a little soreness in the injection site, but that will subside in no time at all.