Protecting Yourself with a COVID 19 Vaccination

COVID 19 has been a disease that has impacted the entire world and led to substantial disruptions to daily life for most people. Luckily, there are effective vaccinations that people can use to protect themselves against this serious illness.

Be Prepared for Mild Side Effects

As with many other vaccinations, individuals that receive a COVID 19 vaccination can expect to experience some mild side effects. The most common side effects can be general soreness in the arm where the shot was received, mild fatigue, and fever. For most people, these symptoms may only last a day or two. Over-the-counter medications can significantly reduce these side effects so that individuals will avoid having their work or other responsibilities impacted. For those that have a history of allergic reactions to vaccinations, it will be necessary to consult with a medical professional to determine the vaccine option that will be the least likely to trigger one of these serious reactions.

Make Sure to Receive Your Second Dose

Most of the COVID 19 vaccinations will need to be administered in two doses. Unfortunately, many people will make the mistake of failing to attend their second dose of this shot. As a result, their total protection will be significantly reduced compared to those that receive both doses. Following your first shot, you may be asked to schedule the appointment for your next dose. In the event that there is an emergency or other change in your plans, you should contact your healthcare provider to reschedule this appointment as soon as possible to make sure that you are following the recommended dosing schedule as closely as possible despite disruptions that may cause you to cancel your original appointment.

Recognize the Benefits of Receiving a Booster Shot

Depending on the length of time that it has been since you completed your initial vaccination, you may qualify to receive a booster shot. These shots will help to revitalize your immune system's effectiveness against COVID 19, and they can provide enhanced protection against the variants of the original COVID virus. For those that are worried about the inconvenience of receiving their booster shot, it should be noted that this is a single dose, which can make it more convenient than receiving the initial dose of the vaccine. Depending on the area where you live, it may be necessary to schedule the booster shot ahead of time so the provider can verify that you complete the initial vaccination.