The COVID-19 Vaccine: What to Expect

Most of us are eagerly anticipating getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but you might be unsure of what to expect. To ease some concerns, we’ll answer a few common questions.

When will I get the vaccine? That depends on a number of factors, including where you live, your age and your line of work. Learn about your state’s plan here.

What will happen when I go to get the shot? You’ll be expected to wear a mask, you’ll have your temperature checked and you’ll be asked a few questions to confirm that you are in good health. After you receive the shot, you’ll be asked to sit for a few minutes to be monitored for a reaction.

What side effects can I expect? Most people have few side effects, but some people have soreness at the injection site and a few develop flu-like symptoms. If you have a more severe reaction, seek medical help.

Will I immediately be safe from COVID-19? No. The vaccine takes time to take effect, and many of the vaccines require a two-shot process. Even after the process is complete, it’s not clear exactly when you’ll be fully protected.

What should I do after I receive the shot? Continue to practice COVID-19 precautions, both to protect yourself and others from the illness.

To learn more, watch this video prepared by the Indiana Department of Health and continue to listen to local and federal authorities for the most up-to-date information.

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