Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine can help you avoid getting COVID-19, a disease caused by a new type of coronavirus. This handout tells you more about how to get the vaccine and what to expect after receiving the vaccine.

How does someone get the vaccine?

Our hospital and clinics are working with the State and County health departments to figure out the best way to get the vaccine to our patients. Your health care provider will work with you to figure out when your child should get the vaccine. They will tell their patients when to get the vaccine and where to go to get it.

How many shots will my child need?

Your child will need 2 vaccine shots. The vaccine will not work as well if your child only gets one shot. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Anyone getting the vaccine will need to get 2 shots.
Your child will need 2 doses of the vaccine for it to work and be effective.

Mark your calendars.
We will make the appointment for your child’s second dose after they get their first dose. We will give your child their second shot 3 or 4 weeks after the first shot.

What are the risks of a reaction to the vaccine?

Like with other vaccines, people may react in different ways. Side effects may be felt up to 1 to 2 days after getting the vaccine.

Many people who get the vaccine will have no side effects. Others will have mild side effects like:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Soreness at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Slight fatigue

A few people may experience more serious side effects, such as:

  • Immediate allergic reaction, like having trouble breathing
  • High fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Nausea

What if I have a mild reaction, like a headache?

If you or your child has a sore arm or a slight fever after the vaccine, take over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Read and follow all instructions on the label. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20. It has been linked to Reye’s syndrome, a serious illness.

What if there is a serious reaction or problem?

Please call 911 if your child has any of the following symptoms of a severe reaction to the vaccine

Symptoms include:

  • Severe difficulty breathing
  • Sudden raised, red areas (hives) all over your body
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness

For other health questions or concerns after getting the vaccine, please call your primary care provider.

If my child has had an allergic reaction to a shot in the past, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

People who have had an allergic reaction to any vaccine or shot should talk to their Primary Care Provider before getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Your Primary Care Provider can help you figure out if it would be safe to get the vaccine.

What if I have more questions about the vaccine?

The health and safety of you and your family are important to us. Thank you for partnering with us during this difficult time. Our providers are here for our patients and their families. If you have questions, please ask your care team.