What To Expect From the COVID-19 Vaccine

Many people have decided to get vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are one of them, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Dr. Natalie

Occupational Pathologist

Consult with your doctor

If you have any serious medical conditions or are undergoing treatment for them, consult your doctor to discuss whether getting the COVID-19 vaccine is right for you. Make sure to talk to your doctor before scheduling your vaccine appointment. Additionally, do not get the vaccine if you feel ill or have recently tested positive for COVID-19. It is best to wait a little bit until all symptoms have cleared and you are feeling back to normal.

Possibility of allergic reactions

Some believe that there is an opinion that before vaccination you should take an antihistamine to reduce the chance of allergic reactions. You do not need to do this, because the medication can negatively affect the immune response. Doctors at vaccination sites have medications available that are used for anaphylaxis. If you are excessively anxious, you can take a sedative before receiving the shot.

The process

Before you go into the treatment room, you will be asked whether you are or recently were sick. You will then sign a voluntary consent form that includes information about contraindications. In the room where you will receive the vaccine, the person administering it will ask questions about your well-being, contacts, and any chronic diseases. He or she will also tell you about possible reactions to the vaccination.

The person administering the vaccine will use medical gloves as well as follow all other health and safety precautions. If you would like, you can ask to look at the vaccine packaging to see the name of the vaccine, expiration date, and place of production.

Even after you are immunized, it is important to wear a mask and social distance from other people whenever possible, as breakthrough infections after immunization is possible.

17 November 2021

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