RECEIVED YOUR FIRST COVID-19 VACCINE SHOT? HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT.
What should I expect in the next few days?
• Common side effects include pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site.
• Tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, low-grade fever are common.
• Serious side effects are rare. Call your medical care provider, or go to the nearest Emergency Department if you develop any of the following adverse reactions within three days of receiving the vaccine: hives, swelling of the face/mouth, trouble breathing, serious drowsiness, high fever, convulsions/seizures, numbness or “pins and needles”.
Do I still have to follow COVID-19 public health measures?
Yes. The vaccine is another level of protection for yourself, and others, against the COVID-19 virus. Even after being fully vaccinated with both doses, individuals should continue to follow public health measures, such as wearing a mask, social distancing 6-feet when in public, and frequently washing/sanitizing hands.
When should I return for my second dose?
In order to be considered fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, you need to have two doses of the vaccine. Upon receiving your first vaccine, the health care provider will book your second appointment. The immunization record you are provided with will indicate the date for your second dose. Bring this card with you to your second appointment.