What To Expect After Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine

After you receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

1. Plan to get your second dose

The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna will require more than one dose. Your vaccine provider will let you know if you need an additional dose and will help provide a way to remind you when it’s time to return for the second dose. They will also give instructions on how to enroll in V-Safe. It is important to complete the vaccination series for complete protection against COVID-19.


2. Enroll in V-Safe and keep following safety protocols until CDC and local officials advise that it is no longer necessary.

After receiving the vaccine, you’ll be asked to enroll in V-safe. V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through V-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. And V-safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one.

[Instructions on downloading and using the V-safe app]

What kinds of side effects might I experience?

Some common side effects include arm pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache or other body aches, or fever for a few days. These side effects are also experienced after receiving other types of vaccines, such as the flu shot. This does not mean that the vaccine has given you COVID-19. Rather, this means that the vaccine is causing your body’s immune system to react and create antibodies to fight off the virus.

Pfizer Vaccine Side Effects, Ages 12-15

Pfizer Vaccine, Ages 18-55

Pfizer Vaccine, 55+

Moderna Vaccine Side Effects, Ages 18-64

Moderna Vaccine Side Effects, Ages 65+

 

Johnson and Johnson Vaccine

REPORT SIDE EFFECTS

Mild to moderate discomfort from fever or pain due to the vaccine is normal. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider if:

  • the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours, or
  • your side effects worry you or do not seem to be going away after a few days.

If you do not have a healthcare provider, contact the provider who vaccinated you


[Instructions on downloading and using the V-safe app]

Questions?
Visit our COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs page, or contact us by email or phone.
Email: RHHDvax@vdh.virginia.gov
COVID hotline: (804) 205-3501


REPORT SIDE EFFECTS

Mild to moderate discomfort from fever or pain due to the vaccine is normal. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider if:

  • the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hours, or
  • your side effects worry you or do not seem to be going away after a few days.

If you do not have a healthcare provider, contact the provider who vaccinated you


[Instructions on downloading and using the V-safe app]

 

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