Prepping For Your COVID-19 Vaccine: 10 Dos and Don’ts

Scheduling your COVID-19 vaccination is the first step to getting protection against the virus. Now, take the right precautions before and after your shot for a safe and hassle-free vaccine experience.

1. Do check with your doctor about allergies or
pre-existing issues.

Speak with your doctor to allay any concerns about a pre-existing condition or allergy and to confirm you can take the shot.

2. Do sleep well the night before.

Being sleep-deprived may bring on other issues like tiredness/fatigue that can be confused with vaccine side effects. It could even worsen any side effects you might have.

3. Don’t get your shot on an empty stomach.

The vaccination process can take several hours, most of it spent waiting. Being hungry will make you feel weak, so eat before you leave home and feel at your best before the shot.

Eat mildly flavored home-cooked food with less oil and spice. You should avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine as these may irritate your gut and cause inflammation.

4. Do wear a double mask or an N95 mask when you go for your vaccination.

You could also add an additional layer of protection in the form of a face shield. Exercise all precautions like distancing and sanitizing while at the center as well.

5. Do plan some downtime after your vaccine.

You may feel tired or feverish after the vaccine and may not be able to keep up a busy schedule. Clear a day or two on your calendar just in case. Most people say they benefit from sleeping it off or just resting.

6. Do take only the recommended medication for any side effects.

The doctor or nurse at the vaccination may suggest taking paracetamol after your shot to ease any body aches or fever. Stick to using only the suggested medication or check with your doctor for alternatives.

7. Do have plenty of fluids.

Dehydration can worsen side effects like nausea or weakness, so stay hydrated.

8. Don’t ignore any major side effects.

If you have any side effects that are unusual/unbearable or worsen in 24 hours, speak with a doctor. If you have a major allergic reaction, head to a hospital right away.

9. Don’t let down your guard.

Being vaccinated isn’t a free pass to stop masking or distancing. While the vaccine significantly protects against severe illness and fatality, there is still a possibility of infection. You may also also be a carrier and transmit to others.

Also, the vaccine’s impact on newer strains is not fully known. So, it is best to continue to exercise caution and keep up precautions.

10. Do wait if you have recently had COVID-19 or needed hospitalization.

You should wait 12 weeks after recovery from COVID-19 to get the shot. If you had any non-COVID illness that needed hospitalization, wait 4-8 weeks.