One of the best ways to protect yourself, your children, friends, co-workers, and everyone around you from contracting the COVID-19 virus is to become inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending upon the manufacturer and your doctor's recommendations, you will receive either one or two shots, an in some cases, a booster shot to help provide further protection. Here is what you can expect while you are receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, the possible side effects, and how to care for yourself.
During the Vaccination
From your doctor's office to a local clinic or pharmacy, there are several places where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Before the vaccine, the provider will ask you to fill out several forms that include your personal information and a few questions about your medical history. This will help the provider determine if there are any underlying causes that will not make you a good candidate for the vaccine, such as certain autoimmune conditions or patients with a history of Bell's Palsy.
Next, you will be administered the vaccine by a qualified technician. The shot is very quick, and you will experience minimal discomfort. Depending upon the provider, you might be asked to remain in the clinic or pharmacy for several minutes to determine if you have an immediate reaction to the vaccine, which is very rare.
After the Vaccination and Possible Side Effects
Immediately after the vaccination, you might experience minor discomfort and some redness or swelling at the injection site. This is totally normal, and the redness and swelling should resolve itself quickly. Many people will experience no side effects from the vaccine at all. However, others might, and they typically occur more intensely after the second vaccine dosage and within a few hours after receiving the shot.
Some common side effects include exhaustion, headache, muscle pain, fever, nausea, and the chills. These side effects are normal and typically only last for a few hours to a couple of days. Contact your doctor if your side effects don't resolve after a few days or if you experience a rash or other more serious effects.
Taking Care of Yourself After the Vaccination
Don't hesitate to take it easy in the hours after the vaccine. You might need to take a day off of work and stay in bed, if you have a fever, chills, or other flu-like symptoms. Take over-the-counter pain relievers, drink plenty of fluids, and eat a healthy, balanced diet.
The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect you and your family during this pandemic. If you have any more questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, don't hesitate to contact your physician.