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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. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Side effects can range from none at all, to mild, to more discomfort, and includes pain and/or swelling at the injection site, and possible fever, chills, tiredness and headache throughout the rest of your body.
If you have pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medicine – such as ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines or acetaminophen – for any pain and discomfort you may experience after getting vaccinated. You can take these medications to relieve post-vaccination side effects if you have no other medical reasons that prevent you from taking these medications normally. It is not recommended you take these medicines before vaccination for the purpose of trying to prevent side effects because it is not known how these medications may influence how well the vaccine works. You may also apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the injection site or exercise your arm to help with any pain. If you experience a fever, drink plenty of fluids to help reduce discomfort.
The vaccines are effective and are an important tool in significantly reducing the spread of COVID-19 to help us get back to more normal routines that we enjoyed prior to the pandemic. It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. In general, maximum immunity may take up to two weeks post-full immunization.
It's important for everyone to continue using all of the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions: Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least six feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.
Once you receive both COVID-19 vaccine doses, pandemic protection measures don’t go away. You should still wear a mask; practice social distancing; avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces; and regularly wash your hands, according to the CDC. However, you can skip one step and that’s quarantining after a COVID-19 exposure. These are the criteria you need to meet for it to be considered safe:
Yes, it’s possible. As with any vaccine, the intent is to keep you from acquiring severe illness. To achieve optimal immunity, you must receive the full series of the vaccine, which may be one dose or a two-dose series.
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