If you are one of the people who got their vaccine, just be ready yourself for the second dose. Don’t expect too much of the side effects of the second dose; you might be disappointed and not prepare for the after-shock effect of the second dose.
The second dose in Covid-19 is a day-in-day-out thing. You need to keep in mind that you need to keep your body hydrated for at least a week since the vaccine needs a week to be taken in. If you have a cold, you need to take a couple of extra days to let it go.
The following is the list of how you can prepare for your second dose:
- Your side effects will likely be stronger
When taking the first part of immunisation, you are exposed to the vaccine’s temporary side effects. However, the second part may cause stronger side effects, hence the name “second dose.”
- You should avoid taking pain relievers before your shot
If you have a shot scheduled at 3:00 pm, don’t take pain relievers before your appointment, as your doctor may give you a milder dose. If they do, you will be fine. As a rule of thumb, you should avoid taking pain relievers before your shot, as this could lower the pain you feel from the shot. Pain from the shot may last 2 to 2.5 hours after the shot and may be reduced by one-half if you take a pain reliever 15 minutes before your appointment.
- The timing between doses doesn’t need to be exact
The timing around when you take the medication needs to be exact. There are two different doses at different times of day, with one dose coming in the morning and the other in the evening. The timing of the morning dose is important because it helps you get your medications out of your system before you go to bed.
- Your second dose should be from the same manufacturer as your first
If you received your vaccination from a local health department or other organisation, you should get it from the same manufacturer as your first dose when it comes time to receive your second dose. This is called “mismatched” or “different manufacturer” vaccination. Get your second dose of the same vaccine from a different manufacturer than your first dose. You may be at risk of receiving a vaccination containing an inactive ingredient (or an inactive, inappropriate amount of the active ingredient).
- Full immunity is not immediate
Two shots are used in the immunisation process. The first shot, called “Primary,” is when the whole vaccine is injected into your arm. This is when the immune system gets its first shot of the vaccine. After that, in “Secondary” or booster shots, the immune system is again injected with the vaccine. The two shots are used to encourage your immune system to be able to fight off diseases in the future.
- You still need to wear a mask
You still need to wear a mask. We’re not saying you need to wear a full-face mask, but you should still have a mask on your face when you are in public. Why? Because people don’t always know how to react to someone wearing a mask. If you are looking for a quick-glance meme, here you go. We all have our own personal “one-liners” when someone is wearing a mask.
- A rash at the injection site isn’t a reason to skip your second dose
There is a lot of confusion out there about what to do if you experience discomfort at the injection site. If you end up having to skip the second dose, you won’t be missing anything. Your baby’s immune system has built-in protection to protect itself—and that includes the vaccine.
The most important thing to remember about your upcoming dose of Covid-19 Vaccine is that it is not a free pass to make sure you don’t get sick. Yes, you can take each dose with confidence, but do not stop paying close attention to the symptoms you will most likely notice. Don’t worry if you miss a dose; you can still get it later. No worries, you will receive 100% of the vaccine’s benefit. But you should do so as soon as you can.