What are important things I should know after being vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help us stop this pandemic. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. The safety of the COVID-19 vaccine is a top priority. Common side effects include pain or swelling on the arm where you got the shot. You may also experience fever, chills, tiredness, or headache.

If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days, contact your healthcare provider. If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.

It is recommended that you receive your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the same provider who administered your first dose. It is important to keep your vaccination card your provider will give you, so that you may access the manufacturer information, especially if you aren’t able to return to the same provider for your second dose. The two current vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) are NOT interchangeable.

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1. What phases can currently receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
2. Where can I be vaccinated if I am eligible under the current Phases 1A or 1B?
3. Where can I find a list of vaccine providers?
4. What are important things I should know after being vaccinated?
5. Can I get a vaccine anywhere, in any county or state?
6. Are there differences between the vaccines? If so, what are they?
7. Are these vaccines effective against the new “variant virus” now spreading throughout the country?
8. Are there any side effects to the vaccine? How long do they last?
9. How long does it take for the vaccine to be in full effect?
10. Do you have any protection from the first dose?
11. Once I have received the vaccine, do I still need to wear a mask, wash hands and continue social distancing?
12. After receiving the first dose of vaccine, can I go to a different provider for the second dose?
13. How will I know when to take the second dose of the vaccine?
14. What if a second dose is not available within the suggested time frame? Will it affect the efficacy of the vaccine?
15. Will the vaccine cost anything?
16. What allergies should I be concerned about in connection with the COVID-19 vaccine?
17. Should I still get the vaccine if I already had COVID?