Before Your Vaccine

Below are some questions that need to be evaluated before you go get the vaccine. Remember, consulting your primary care provider before you get the vaccine will help you get answers about the COVID-19 vaccine, specific to your situation.

What do I need to bring or be prepared for at my vaccination appointment?

 Bring your ID with you, wear a short sleeve or a loose-fitting shirt as the shot is given in the upper arm. Also, prepare to leave some time after your appointment to be observed for up to 30 minutes. 

If I currently have COVID-19 can I still get the vaccine?

Vaccination should be deferred until recovery and you have met the criteria to discontinue isolation. Once this has been completed, you are eligible to get the vaccine.

If I was recently exposed to COVID-19 and am currently quarantined, can I go get the vaccine?

 It is encouraged that you wait until your quarantine period has ended to get vaccinated. 

I was COVID positive but was asymptomatic, Should I still receive the vaccine? 

Yes, vaccines are available regardless of whether you were symptomatic or asymptomatic and current research shows that being vaccinated after having natural immunity (from being infected) can give you an even higher level of immunity.

If I recently received my flu vaccine, can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes! It is considered safe to get your flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time or within a short time period.

What if I have an underlying medical condition?

Those with underlying medical conditions may be at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, so vaccines are recommended. A vaccine can be administered, however, consult with your primary care provider prior to vaccination. 

IF I AM IMMUNOCOMPROMISED, PREGNANT, OR BREASTFEEDING, IS THE VACCINE STILL SAFE FOR ME?

A vaccine can vary by person and circumstance, consult your primary care physician to discuss if you can receive the vaccine, however, the CDC and FDA do encourage most individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Please view more information found here about COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant people.

The below are a few things you should mention to your vaccination provider before you receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

If you have:

  • Any allergies
  • Have a fever
  • Have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • Are immunocompromised or are you on a medicine that affects your immune system. 
  • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant 
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have received another COVID-19 vaccine. 

The below are side effects that have been reported with the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVId-19 vaccine:

  • Injection site pain
  • Injection site swelling
  • Injection site redness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Feeling Unwell
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes (Lymphadenopathy) 

There is a remote chance that the vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of  COVID-19 Vaccine. Signs can include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • A fast heartbeat
  • A bad rash all over your body
  • dizziness and weakness

Who should not get the Covid-19 vaccine?

You should not get this vaccine if you have had a severe reaction to your previous dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or if you are allergic to any ingredient in the vaccine.