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CDC Says "DO NOT" Do This After Your COVID Vaccine

Here’s what to know before getting your shot.

Before it is your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine, you should educate yourself on what to expect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers thorough guidance surrounding the vaccination process, and have even outlined all of the things you should not do immediately following vaccination. Read on to learn about their don'ts—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


Don't Plan on a Full Day of Activity After

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Everyone reacts differently to the vaccine, so you might want to put off plans for at least 24 hours. "Side effects can affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days," they say. 


Don't Be Surprised by These Side Effects

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While the COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19 and is very safe, side effects are not uncommon. "You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects," they say. It's not uncommon to feel:

  • Pain, redness or swelling on the arm where you got the shot
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea


Don't Forget to Get Your Second Shot 

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While the Johnson & Johnson is a one-and-done vaccine, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine both need two shots in order to get the most protection. "You should get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first shot, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get it," they state. 

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Don't Forget It Takes Time to Build Up Immunity

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None of the vaccines offer instant immunity, the CDC reminds. "It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination," they write. "People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine." 


Don't Forget to Follow the "Core Four"

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You should keep using all the tools available to protect yourself and others until you are fully vaccinated. "We are still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands often. CDC will continue to update recommendations as we know more," they remind. 


Keep Yourself and Others Protected 

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Follow Dr. Anthony Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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