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COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know

No doubt it’s a good time for us in this pandemic now that the vaccine is out to the public. But because the vaccine is new, there may be some questions for many of us that may be worried the vaccine may harm us more than help us. It is very important what happens before and after you take the vaccine.

Before Vaccine

First check if the vaccine is right for you. We’ve seen this many times before, there are some vaccines that happen to work for a big majority of people, while others have negative impacts on them. Also keep in mind that the people that are most vulnerable to the virus are most likely the ones to take the vaccine earlier than most, including those that already have COVID-19 and elders. Remember to follow the social distancing rules when going to get the vaccine.

During Vaccine

You should receive a small vaccination card which lists what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it and where. You should also receive a small receipt which lets you know the risks and benefits of the vaccine you just took.

After Vaccine

Unlike previous vaccines developed, for most cases most likely you will need to get two shots in order for the vaccine to work. Even if you received side effects after the first one, unless a doctor or a vaccination provider has told you otherwise, you must take the second one. In addition, after receiving the second shot it will take at least a couple of weeks until you are fully protected from the virus. Most importantly, there most likely will be side effects which are normal signs of the body building protection. It may prevent you from doing certain activities throughout the day, but only last a few days.

Common Side Effects

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

To reduce fever, drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly. If the fever doesn’t seem to go away after a few days, it is advised that you should contact your doctor or healthcare provider.


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