Getting your COVID-19 vaccine can be an exciting step towards the end of the pandemic. It’s helpful to prepare for your vaccine before and after properly to mitigate the risk of contracting COVID-19 or make you lose your spot in line for the vaccine. Follow these do’s and don’ts when preparing for your COVID-19 vaccine.


 Before you head out to get your vaccine, be sure that you wear a short-sleeve shirt. This will allow for vaccine providers to quickly get to the upper half of your arms. Ensure that you wear a mask at all times, as you are still just as susceptible to getting COVID-19 when getting your vaccine as if you were in a grocery store, for example. 

 You do want to make sure, though, that you don’t take any pain medication hours before you get your vaccine. Doctors recommend that you don’t because it’s believed that your immune response from the vaccine could be lower if you take medications before. However, it has been deemed safe to take medication after you’ve received your vaccine. 

Waiting Period

 Once you’ve gotten your COVID-19 vaccine, you may be ready to go out and do the activities you’ve been missing for over a year now. However, you’re going to have to wait for 14 as the vaccine needs time to have any effect on your immune system. 

 You’ll also have to wait until 14 days after you’ve gotten your second shot if you’re someone who’s gotten a vaccine like the Pfizer or Moderna variants. The reason for this is that these vaccines don’t go into their total efficiency until both shots have had time to reside in a patient’s immune system. Ensure that you wait to go out and do risky activities until you’ve finished the waiting period for your vaccine. 

Vaccination Card

 Whether you get a single dose or double dose vaccine, you’ll be given a vaccination card that records that information. You’ll need to save that card for various reasons. For one, airlines may require passengers to prove that they have been vaccinated to fly out sometime soon. Public events like concerts might also require vaccination records or a negative COVID-19 test to let people attend. Ensure that you don’t throw out your vaccination card after you’ve gotten your COVID-19 vaccine.