Those ready to roll up their sleeves for the Kovid-19 vaccine shot will participate in the most ambitious vaccination effort in American history. As efforts intensify, here doctors involved in the vaccine rollout are consulted on how to prepare and what to expect.
What is involved in getting the first dose?
Many will register for a timed appointment, which aims to keep wait times and congestion capacity to a minimum – although the patchwork rollout so far has also meant many waiting in long lines. After filling the consent form and receiving the shot, you will be monitored for adverse reactions for 15 or 30 minutes depending on your history of allergy. In the case of a time-bound appointment, the entire process should take about an hour, says Julie Boom, co-chairman of the Kovid-19 Vaccine Task Force at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, who is now vaccinating qualified patients who are already Record of the hospital itself. Later, some people like to go home and relax.
What should you bring with you to the vaccine site?
In most cases, all you will need is your photo ID and proof of your appointment. Additional documents may be required at some locations, such as employee badges for first responders to show that they are eligible. People who are vaccinated are usually not asked to pay, so ask questions if payment is requested.
Should you consider the difference between Pfizer -BioNTech and Moderna vaccines?
For now, the two vaccines available in the US are found to be equally safe and effective, says Waifa al-Sadr, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University in New York. Ultimately, choosing one vaccine over another can reduce conflict time, she says. The second dose of Pfizer vaccine is offered 21 days later, while Modern is offered 28 days later. Dr. El-Sadar says, “The only thing I would consider is convenience.”
Do you need to fast or avoid a certain food or drink before vaccination?
No food precautions are required. Staying well hydrated before the vaccine is encouraged for those who feel the lighthouse with vaccines or blood draws, says Gregory Huan, vaccination coordinator for Cook County Health, a hospital arrangement in Chicago.