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Doctors Say "DO NOT" Do This After Your COVID Vaccine

What to know before you get your shot.
FACT CHECKED BY Alek Korab
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Since December 2020, millions of Americans have been lining up to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Of the course of the last few months, as the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have continued to roll out and injected into the arms of the public, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has continued to update their guidelines and recommendations surrounding them. Now that it is your turn, what should you know before you arrive at the testing facility? Dr. Brita Roy, MD, Yale Medicine physician, reveals the one thing you should definitely NOT do after getting injected. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Don't Leave Until 15 Minutes After Getting Your COVID Vaccine

According to Dr. Roy, co-chair of the Yale New Haven Health COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, the one thing you should not do is immediately leave the testing facility. "While the vaccine studies show all of the approved COVID-19 vaccines are extremely safe, we ask people to wait 15 minutes for monitoring just to be sure they don't experience any immediate allergic reactions because it is a new vaccine," she revealed. 

In order to be proactive, the vaccine administration facilities are prepared for worst case scenarios. "We keep EpiPens and Benadryl on site to be able to treat people in the event they have an allergic reaction," she explains.

However, keep in mind that the majority of people do not experience any adverse reactions, and are able to go home immediately after the 15 minutes are up. "This waiting period is an extra precaution, and we may be able to relax it in the future as we continue to collect more information on the frequency of post-vaccine allergic events," she says. "So far, it is very rare." 

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How to Stay Healthy Before and After Getting Your Vaccine

If you are concerned about having an allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC has devoted an entire page to the subject, with everything you need to know about it. And follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.