August 25, 2021

Things To Keep In Mind About the COVID Vaccination Process

And why you shouldn't be so quick to post your COVID-19 vaccine card on social media

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You made your appointment to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Great. Now what? As you wait for vaccination day, you might be wondering what you’ll need to do throughout the process. Pediatrician Michelle Medina, MD, suggests the following to help ensure that things go smoothly.

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Complete the vaccination series if a second dose is necessary

If you received the first dose of Moderna’s or Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, it’s important to complete the vaccination series. Most places will schedule your second dose as soon as possible at the same location where you received your first dose, and some places are taking walk-in vaccinations. Should you need to reschedule, notify the vaccine provider sooner than later so they can fill your old spot and find a new date that works for you.

Since Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is one dose, all you have to worry about is getting to your appointment and protecting yourself after the shot until you’re considered fully vaccinated.

Keep your COVID-19 vaccination card

Keep your CDC vaccination card safe and in good condition. You can take a photo of your card with your smartphone after each shot so you can have your vaccine information on you at all times.

Your vaccination card information will help ensure that you receive the first and second doses from the same manufacturer. It’s also good to reference if you’re asked about your vaccine records during future medical appointments.

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What’s on that card?

When you get vaccinated, the provider will place a sticker on your vaccination card that includes the following information:

  • Brand of vaccine: Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen (Johnson and Johnson).
  • Lot number of the vaccine: Each vaccine dose is assigned a number that tells providers when and where it was made, as well as which doses were made at the same time.
  • Expiration date of the vaccine: This explains how long the vaccine is stable on the shelf. It is not an expiration date for how long it will work in your body to fight against COVID-19.

Cancel any extra COVID vaccine appointments

You might get an appointment only to find that another provider can get you in even sooner. Should this happen, notify the provider of your original appointment and let them know that you’ve made other arrangements. The provider can then give that appointment to someone else and not waste a dose of the vaccine.

Share accurate information about the vaccination process

After being vaccinated for COVID-19, don’t be afraid to share your experience with friends and family. It can help those who might need a little more reassurance that they’re doing the right thing or clear up some misconceptions about the vaccination process. Be sure to share educational information as well to help keep them informed.

Don’t post your vaccination card on social media

While you might be extremely proud about doing your part (and you have every right to feel that way), avoid sharing pictures of your vaccination card on social media. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a warning recently about identity thieves stealing personal information like names and dates of birth from those smiling selfies.

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This information might not seem like a lot, but scammers can use it to open accounts or claim your tax refund. If you do post a selfie with your vaccination card, be sure to blur out or cover up your personal information.

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