COVID-19 hit us with the blast in the year 2020 and many scientists have been spending long hours at work looking for ways to help curb it. Good for us, they have managed to come up with a variety of vaccines to help our bodies fight the virus if we get infected.
Before getting any of the vaccines, you need to prepare yourself for the upcoming symptoms that come along with getting vaccinated. So how do you prepare yourself?
1. Dress appropriately
All the COVID-19 vaccines are administered by an injection on either of your upper arms. As you go for the vaccine, wear anything that is sleeveless or a short sleeved shirt or t-shirt.
This makes it easier for the nurse or doctor to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. It also spares you the hassle of removing and wearing your clothes again.
2. Ensure you have eaten
Any COVID-19 vaccine will definitely come along with its symptoms. Ensure you had eaten well so that your body has enough strength to handle the symptoms that follow.
3. Have a support system
Once the symptoms from the vaccine kick in, not to scare you but, you may need someone to help you move around and do your daily basic chores.
Other than that, you will need someone or people to encourage you emotionally and psychologically as you go through the symptoms. Misery loves company, I say that on a light note.
4. Clear your schedule
After you get the vaccine, you may consider resting for the next two or three days. As I keep mentioning, any COVID-19 vaccine has its share of symptoms and you do not want to experience this while you are at your work place.
Better yet, take the vaccine prior to a public holiday or the weekend. This will work in your favour.
5. Keep your pain relievers near
Once you have your jab of the vaccine, some of the symptoms you may experience are pain on the injected area, fever, fatigue and headaches. Pain relievers have a dose of paracetamol in them that help manage these symptoms.
You can get over-the-counter drugs such as Panadol or Ibuprofen to take you through these symptoms.
NOTE: Do not take a pain reliever before having a COVID-19 vaccine. It is not clear how the medication will react to the vaccine and therefore it’s best to avoid this till research proves otherwise.
6. Avoid other vaccines
Do not take any COVID-19 vaccine alongside another vaccine. This is because there is no research that has been conducted to see how the COVID vaccines interact with other vaccines.
Take it easy on yourself as you get the vaccine. Do not strain your body and ensure to take care of yourself before and after the vaccine.