Millions of people around the world have now been safely vaccinated against COVID-19, bringing us just one step closer getting back of doing more things that we use to enjoy with the people we love. For many the COVID-19 vaccines couldn't come fast enough, but others understably have questions about the vaccination process and what to expect when it comes to their turn. There are several saftey tips when you getting the vaccine.
Before you go for vaccine:
Do your research. There are a lot of misinformation about vaccine online
,so it is important to always keep updated and get your information from trustworthy sources like UNICEF and WHO.
If you have any questions about whether you should receive a COVID-19 vaccine, speak to your doctor.
At present people with the following health conditions should not e receive a COVID-19 vaccine to avoid any possible adverse effects:
- If you have a history of severe allergic reactions to any ingredients of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- If you are currently sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (although you cane get vaccinated once you have recovered and your doctor has approved).
- Talk to your doctor. If you are ever experienced a severe allergic reaction from any vaccine or you have any questions about the medications you are currently talking, talk to your health care provider before your appointment.
- Take care of yourself.Get a good night rest and hydrate well before your vaccination so you can feel your best on the day.
During the appointment:
- Stay safe. Make sure to follow safety precautions at the vaccination facility such as physical distancing
while waiting and wearing a mask.
- Communicate. Let the health care professional know if you have any medical conditions that could be considered precautions, such as pregnancy or a compromised immune system.
- Keep your records. You should receive a vaccination card that tells you which vaccine that you received for COVID-19, when you received it and where you received it. Make sure to hold on to this card in the event that you need it in the future.
After you have been vaccinated:
- Stay for monitoring. The health care provider should observe you about 15 minute after the vaccine
is administrated to ensure that you don't have any immediate reactions. But, it is extremely rare for severe health reaction.
- Be prepared for some side effects. Vaccines are designed to give immunity without the dangers of getting disease.While it's normal to build immunity without side effects, it's also common to experience some mild-to-moderate side effects that go away within few days on their own.
Some of the mild-to-moderate side effects you may experience after vaccination may include:
- Arm soreness at the injection site.
- Mild fever.
- Muscle or joint aches
If any symptoms continue for more than a few days or if you experience a more severe reaction, then do contact your health care provider immediately.
Be patient. Building immunity takes time. You will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, 15 days after your second dose after AstraZeneca vaccine or two weeks after the single dose J&J/Jansen COVID-19 vaccine.
Keep yourself and others safe. While these vaccines are showing to be highly effective ar protecting people against serious illness from COVID-19, vaccines provider still learning about whether it is possible for a vaccinated person to spread the virus, even without symptoms. Therefore, it is important to continue practicing safety precautions to protect yourself and others, including avoiding crowded spaces, physical distancing, hand washing and wearing a mask.