Two doses are needed to complete the vaccination. The second shot will be given 3-4 weeks after the first shot. Both doses of the vaccine will be given as a shot in the arm muscle. Precautions (such as wearing a mask, avoiding gatherings, and washing our hands) should still be taken after vaccination.
- COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19.
- COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests.
- People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated.
- Getting vaccinated can help prevent you from getting sick with COVID-19.
- Receiving the vaccine will not alter your DNA.
Most people who receive a COVID-19 vaccine experienced mild side effects. Some side effects range from mild to moderate. Possible side effects can include:
- Injection Site Pain, Swelling, or Redness
- Muscle Pain
- Feeling Unwell
- Swollen Lymph Nodes
- Joint Pain
There is a remote chance that the vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. Inform your healthcare provider if you have a history of reactions to vaccinations prior to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting vaccinated. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Swelling of your face and throat
- A fast heartbeat
- A rash
- Dizziness and weakness