What to expect when you get vaccinated


Before | During | Side Effects | After


Before your vaccination

Make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. You need an appointment so we can ensure we have enough vaccine on-site to administer. For safety reasons, please only bring someone with you if you need support.

If you have a MyChart account, remember to E-CheckIn before the time of your appointment. This will make sure we have all your information, and that you are providing consent to get the vaccine.

On the day of your shot, please dress in layers, starting with a short-sleeved shirt, so it’s quick and easy for the vaccinator to reach your upper arm.

Please remember to eat and drink before you get your vaccination.

When you arrive for your vaccination

Parking is free.

Remember to wear your mask when leaving your vehicle, and at all times until you return to your vehicle.

Get registered for the vaccine. A registration assistant will ask you a few questions and complete your appointment registration.

Wait in line, and please remember to stand at least 6 feet apart from others.

Get your vaccine! A vaccinator will again check your information, swab a bit of your preferred upper arm with an alcohol rub, give you your shot, and place a small adhesive bandage there. It takes just a minute.

Wait about 15 minutes. Be prepared to sit in one of the chairs provided and wait about 15 minutes — the “observation time.” You may want to bring something to read, or use your smartphone. Out of courtesy for others, please do not make phone calls or take photos while waiting.

You’re good to go! If you’re feeling fine, you can just leave after 15 minutes or so. If you have any issues while you are waiting, just tell any clinic staff member and they will be able to help you.

Vaccine side effects

What side effects might I expect after the COVID-19 vaccine?

Side effects that have been reported following COVID-19 vaccination include:

  • Injection site pain, swelling, or redness
  • Arm rash
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Fever or chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Generally feeling unwell

Side effects are more commonly reported after the 2nd dose of the vaccine and are more common in those under 55 years of age. These side effects are usually mild to moderate, but in rare cases can be more severe. Studies of the vaccines are ongoing, so other side effects are possible.  

What serious adverse events should I be aware of?

There is a small chance that the vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction, usually occurring within a few minutes to an hour after vaccine administration. Signs could include difficulty breathing, swelling of your face or throat a fast heartbeat, a rash, and dizziness or weakness. Studies of the vaccines are still ongoing, so other serious and unexpected side effects may occur.

What should I do if experience an adverse reaction?

If you experience a severe allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, swelling of your face or throat, a fast heartbeat, dizziness, or weakness), call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

If you have other side effects that bother you or do not go away, call your healthcare provider. 

Please note: If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed for the vaccine and you will receive an Explanation of Benefits (EOB). For Medicare Advantage patients, traditional Medicare will be billed.

After your vaccination


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