Before, During & After Getting the COVID Vaccine

BEFORE:
  • Use trustworthy and scientific sources to learn more about how the vaccines work and the benefits of getting vaccinated.
  • You may choose to speak with your health care provider or doctor to help make sure getting vaccinated is the right choice for you and your health.
  • If taking a child to get vaccinated, you can use these tips to help them prepare and have a better experience.
DURING:
  • You and your healthcare worker will both need to wear masks that cover your nose and mouth. Stay 6 feet away from others while inside and in lines.
  • You should receive a vaccination card or printout that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it.
  • You should receive a paper or electronic version of a fact sheet that tells you more about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you are being offered. Each authorized COVID-19 vaccine has its own fact sheet that contains information to help you understand the risks and benefits of receiving that specific vaccine.
  • You will be asked to stay on-site for 15-30 minutes after vaccination, in case of a rare allergic reaction.
AFTER:
  • You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. See common side effects and tips for managing them.
  • Register for V-Safe to track health after vaccination.
  • Remember to schedule and attend your appointment for your second dose or booster doses.
  • Vaccinated persons should continue to follow all current guidance to protect themselves and others, including: wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, washing hands often, following CDC travel guidance, following any applicable workplace or school guidance.
  • Will I need to quarantine if I'm vaccinated and get exposed to COVID? Read all CDC guidance for When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated.