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9 things to do before you get the COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Leana Wen recently told CNN how people should prepare for their COVID-19 vaccine shot

A pharmacist prepares a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Summit Senior Living in Kearns on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021.
A pharmacist prepares a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Summit Senior Living in Kearns on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Dr. Leana Wen recently told CNN how people should prepare for their COVID-19 vaccine shot.
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The coronavirus vaccine continues to be distributed throughout the country. In fact, Bloomberg reported earlier this week that more Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine than have tested positive for the virus.

  • That said, the virus still exists and lingers throughout the country. Variants are on the way as well. Millions of Americans still need to be vaccinated.
  • We recently learned about some ways to prepare for your vaccination, which we’ve shared below.

What to do

Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, recently told CNN that there are a number of things you can do to prepare for your shot. Wen offered a few tips, so I’ve broken down a some of them here. Head over to CNN for the full report.

  1. Complete all the paperwork, especially if there’s any to do in advance.
  2. Bring your required documentation, such as ID and proof of residency. This could depend on what your state asks you to bring.
  3. Ask others about their experience so you’re mentally prepared for what will happen.
  4. Ask questions in advance about the vaccine so you don’t spend too much time at the vaccination site.
  5. Bring a mask because you can still be carrying the virus, or be infected by it.
  6. You will feel the injection like any other shot. Your arm might feel sore after the first shot.
  7. The second shot could bring side effects, which means the vaccine is working because it is stimulating your immune system.
  8. You will likely have to wait 15 to 30 minutes after the shot just in case you have an allergic reaction.
  9. Don’t skip the second shot.

One more thing

Once you get the vaccine, you may want to share a photo on social media. But be careful about sharing photos of your COVID-19 vaccination card because it can be used for identity theft, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • The Better Business Bureau scammers can use the information on your vaccination card for ID theft and to create fake cards, which could later be sold to people who want the second dose ahead of time.