More than a year into the pandemic and so much has happened. Masks have become a crucial part of our lives to survive. Fortunately, we have moved past insufficient vaccines to increased vaccination rates.
Nowadays, individuals aged 12 and above are also eligible for vaccines.
However, at the same time, those who have taken their first dose or are even fully vaccinated are being reported for being infected. Not to mention the side effects that come from vaccines, with the severity varying from person to person.
Things To Remember Before And After Covid-19 Vaccination
Therefore, it is important to make sure that you are fully aware of all things Covid-19 vaccine so that you can be well-prepared for your safety.
So in this article, I will be sharing with you the key points to remember before and after the Covid-19 vaccination.
Types Of Vaccines
First off, there are 3 types of vaccines approved in the United States:
- Johnson & Johnson (J&J)
- Pfizer – BioNTech
A bit of self-research on each of the vaccines can only be more beneficial. However, make sure that it is a trusted source, preferably your healthcare center or a well-known health organization. And if you are looking it up online, again check whether the source is 100% reliable. It is always a good idea to cross-check information.
How To Prepare Yourself For Vaccination?
Covid-19 guidelines are very much applicable when it comes to taking your vaccine shot. That means both masks and sanitizers are required when you go.
You also need to have your ID, which is very important to be taken along with your vaccine appointment details.
Besides these, I would advise you to wear clothes that make it easier for the health workers to inject the vaccine into your arm.
The vaccinator may ask you about your medical history before giving the shot. You can also let them know hand if you have allergy issues or any health concerns, or are under medications. Because for some folks, the ingredients used in the vaccine can cause trouble.
Be aware of the vaccine dose that you are taking. That is whether it requires just a single shot or two shots.
And if the vaccine that you receive requires two doses, the second dose has to be taken after 42 days. Note that the second dose must not be taken before the specified period.
How To Prepare Yourself After Vaccination?
Don’t forget to check whether you have taken all the necessary precautions for side effects as well.
It is common for some folks to feel excessively tired for 1-2 days after vaccination. Additionally, fever may show up followed by arm pain where the vaccine was injected, body pain, headache, etc.
For this reason, you will be asked to remain in the vaccine center under observation for 15-30 minutes, just so you can receive immediate medical assistance if needed.
Paracetamol is medically recommended to be taken as it can help ease the side effects. But if they become severe over the week, contact your vaccine provider immediately.
Can You Take The Vaccine If You Had Covid-19?
According to Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Public Health Director, an individual getting vaccinated who recovered from Covid-19 is likely to attain greater immunity.
So it’s a green flag that you can in fact take your vaccine once you recover from the infection. Moreover, health experts state that it is necessary to get vaccinated whether or not you were tested positive.
However, there are certain time protocols that you need to be aware of. That is if you were given convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibodies to treat the virus, the vaccine can be taken only after 90 days, as stated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC also suggests getting a booster shot to enhance immunity.
Do’s And Don’ts After Vaccination
Now that you know how everything surrounding the vaccination process, here’s what you need to take care of after vaccination.
- Consume more fluids.
- Get sufficient sleep.
- Eat food on time.
- Take in immune-boosting foods.
- Report side effects if severe.
- Practice Covid-19 guidelines.
- Exercise too much.
- Share your vaccine card on the internet.
- Drink or smoke.
According to CDC, over 190.8 million Americans are now fully vaccinated. With more and more people getting their vaccines, it truly is a remarkable achievement and a powerful step towards the end of the pandemic.
Hope you have found this article helpful. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns in the comments below!