With many folks emerging from the second rounds of COVID-19 vaccinations, some tips have been received to share with future recipients.
- Pack patience.
- Be over-prepared for your wait in line. Consider taking hand warmers, a book, etc.
- Clear your schedule for the two or three days after the second injection. Some people are fine and dandy except for the injection site being sore; others report everything from mild discomfort to aches and pain and headaches. The good news is they go away by day #3.
- After having the shot, take a couple of Tylenols to reduce reactions. A couple of people have found that putting a wet compress on the injection site relieves the tenderness and reactions.
- Instead of showing photos of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, take a smiling selfie with two fingers (index and center finger) making the victory sign on the arm where the injection took place.
- Keep your Record Card with you with your driver license and insurance cards. You may need them in the future to prove that you have completed the vaccination program.
- Do not laminate the Record Card. You’ll notice that there are a couple of empty spaces that just might need to be used in the future.
- You’re not off the hook for wearing a mask and socially distancing. According to the CDC, “It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.”
- As if you needed to be told — be appreciative and courteous with the staff. They’re being overwhelmed with the demands of the day and trying to accommodate a countless number of frustrated patients.