What to Expect
At Your Vaccination Appointment
At your appointment, you will receive the vaccination in your upper arm. Nurses will keep an eye on you for 15 to 30 minutes after you are vaccinated to make sure you do not have a reaction to the vaccine.
It is important to know that the COVID vaccine is free for everyone. Vaccinators may ask you for your insurance information, but you do not need to have health insurance to get the vaccine, and you will not receive a bill for the vaccine.
After Your Vaccine Appointment
Side effects are a normal part of vaccination. After getting a vaccine, your body creates an immune response that can lead to soreness in your arm and other mild side effects. These symptoms are a positive sign that your body is building immunity. These side effects do not mean that you are sick with COVID-19.
Side effects of COVID-19 vaccination can include tiredness, muscle pain, chills, and fever. Your arm may also be sore for a day or two. Side effects are more common after the second dose of the vaccine, but usually go away after a day or two.
For some people, the side effects may make them feel too sick to go to work. Talk with your doctor or nurse about any concerns you have about the vaccine and how you will manage potential side effects.
Learn more about what to expect from the COVID vaccine.
When You Are Fully Vaccinated
After you receive the vaccination, it will take time for your body to build immunity against the virus that causes COVID-19. You will be considered “fully vaccinated”
- 2 weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Once you are fully vaccinated, you can safely resume some normal activities without worrying about getting sick. Continue to follow CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people.
While vaccination significantly decreases your chances of getting sick from COVID-19, you may still be able to spread the virus. Continue taking steps like masking and physical distancing to protect people who are not fully vaccinated.