What to Expect When Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Everyone’s talking about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. When it’s your turn, here are some important things to keep in mind.

Your arm might be a little sore

  • For most people, this is the main side effect.
  • Some may also have sore muscles, feel tired, or have mild fever.
  • Having these types of side effects does NOT mean you have COVID-19. These reactions mean the vaccine is working to help teach your body how to fight COVID-19 if you are exposed.
  • For most, side effects last no more than a day or two.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about the right pain reliever for you if side effects are getting you down.

Continue to mask and physical distance

Even after you get your COVID vaccine, you will need to keep wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, washing your hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from other people you do not live with.

Be sure to get your second shot

To have the most protection from COVID-19, you must have both vaccine doses. The first shot starts building protection, but everyone has to come back about 3-4 weeks later for the second one to get the most protection the vaccine can offer. In most cases, the place where you got your first dose will remind you about your day and time for your second dose.

The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) has a very helpful library of information on the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more.