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Is there anything I need to do after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

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PUBLISHED 21 June 2021
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It takes time for your body to build protection after vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require two shots may not fully protect you until about two weeks after your second shot. COVID-19 vaccines that require one shot take around two weeks for your body to build immunity.

If you experience side effects from the vaccine, to reduce pain and discomfort where you got the shot, apply a clean, cool and wet cloth to the area. You can also use or exercise your arm. To reduce any discomfort from fever, drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly.

For COVID-19 vaccines that require two injections, side effects from the second shot may be greater than after the first. This shows that your body is building protection and should go away within a few days. If side effects worsen or don’t go away after a few days, contact your healthcare provider. Severe events after vaccination are extremely rare.

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