People all over the world are preparing for when they’ll be able to get a Covid-19 vaccine. But due to the demand for the vaccines in addition to the production requirements, like keeping the vaccines in cold storage, you may find that there’s quite a waitlist.
Despite this, there are things you can get in order leading up to getting the shot. If this is something that you’ve been considering, here are three ways that you can prepare to receive the vaccine and deal with any symptoms you may experience in the hours or days after getting the shot.
Choose Your Arm Carefully
If you’ve gotten the flu vaccine before, or any vaccine for that matter, you may have experienced soreness at the site of the injection. For many people, this soreness can be a symptom of the Covid-19 vaccine, too. Knowing this, you should think carefully about which arm you choose to get your vaccine done in.
According to Erin Emery, a contributor to UCHealth.org, most people choose to get vaccines in their non-dominant arm. This can make it easier for you to go through your daily routines if your arm is sore following receiving the vaccine. Additionally, you may also want to consider how you sleep at night, as those who tend to sleep on a particular side might want to choose the other side for their vaccine shot.
Plan To Rest And Relax Afterward
Depending on the way your body reacts to getting the Covid-19 vaccine, you may be feeling under the weather in the hours or days after you get the shot.
Knowing this, Kathleen Doheny, a contributor to WebMD.com, recommends that you make plans to take it easy for about a day or two after you get vaccinated. Try not to plan anything big or stressful so that you can give your body and mind a break. And if you can, try to get a good night’s sleep the day before so your body isn’t already tired when you get the vaccine.
Schedule In Your Second Dose
If you’re getting one of the vaccines that requires a second booster shot, you’ll want to make sure that you know when and where you’ll need to get that second shot so that you can put it into your calendar.
According to Amy Isler, a contributor to Very Well Health, one vaccine requires you to wait 21 days after your first shot while another requires you to wait 28 days. Make sure you know which vaccine you got and how long you need to wait to get your second dose. Then, be sure you make time to finish the vaccination.
If you’re planning on getting vaccinated against Covid-19 in the near future, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you prepare for this.