What to know before and after you receive the COVID vaccine


Americans across the nation are rolling up their sleeves to get the vaccine in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

While many continue to get vaccinated, it is important to remember that people aren’t just protecting themselves but also those around them.

CNN created a list of tips from medical professionals about what to do and not to do before and after receiving the vaccine.


Get your vaccine when it's your turn
Do your research. When finding out when it’s your turn to be vaccinated, you can reach out to your local and state health department. You can also check out state websites, phone numbers, and emails for information. CNN created a list of information on available vaccine registrations.

Don’t let wrong information on vaccines affect your decision
If you are hesitant about receiving the vaccine, you can read detailed information on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website about COVID-19.

Get vaccinated even if you've already had COVID-19
If you already tested positive for COVID-19, reinfection is still possible. The CDC reports that everyone needs to receive the vaccine.

Do not get a shot if you currently have COVID-19 or have been exposed
If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have tested positive, you should not receive the vaccine. Dr. Michael Ison, a professor in the division of infectious diseases and organ transplantation at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, said you should wait until your symptoms have passed.

"Quite simply, you don't want to get people who are waiting in line sick. You don't want to get the health care staff sick," Ison said.

Get the shot even if you still have symptoms months later
People who battled COVID-19 suffer aches, fatigue and headaches for months after the virus has left their body.

Dr. Peter Hotez, professor and dean at the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said people should still receive the vaccine if they are experiencing these lingering symptoms.

Tell vaccine staff about any allergies or past allergic reactions
Dr. Saju Mathew, an Atlanta-based primary care physician, and public health specialist, says if you have a history of allergic reactions to vaccines, you should try to have an EpiPen with you.

Continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing after your shots
The CDC reports that people worldwide should continue to wear face masks and practice social distancing even after receiving their vaccine.

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