I got my 1st dose of Covid vaccine and I want to share with you some details that may help you in case you’ll get your vaccine too.
Here in Korea, 41.6% of the population has been fully vaccinated according to the new statistics of Our World in Data. Before you get vaccinated, you need to do a reservation according to your birth date. My schedule of reservation was last month then I was scheduled in October but the government sent another message that I can get another reservation before the holiday. I canceled my first schedule and changed it to September 17, so it was yesterday.
Steps on How to Get the Vaccine
I went to the vaccination center near my area. I was actually scheduled by eleven in the morning but I actually arrived earlier to avoid the hassle. The first thing that I did after I enter the center was to check my temperature and sanitize my hands. After that, I went to the first table and showed my identification card. I am already a naturalized Korean and can speak and understand the language but for safety purposes, I asked for a Korean-English registration form to fully understand what’s written on the paper.
After that, I went to another table where they checked my form and asked me to go to another window. They told me details about the vaccine that I will receive and explain some more details before receiving the vaccine. Then I was told to get the nurse assigned to me and get my shot. By the way, I got Pfizer. After receiving the shot, I was told to follow the yellow line and give my form to the staff. Then they gave me a pamphlet where some information about the adverse events following vaccination and what to do and what to expect. The staff also gave me a timer set into 15 minutes and asked me to sit and stay on the provided empty chairs.
Lastly, after 15 minutes, I returned the timer before I left the venue. Maybe you were curious why I don’t have any photos inside the vaccination center it’s because taking photos inside the vicinity is not allowed.
Do’s and Don’ts
There are Do’s and Don’ts after receiving the vaccine including the following:
- Stay for 30 minutes after vaccination
- No drinking alcohol for 3 days after vaccination
- Too much workout or exercise is not allowed within3 days
- Do not take a shower after vaccination, it should be done the next day
The Common Mild Side Effects of the Vaccine and What You Can Do
- Swelling or pain after vaccination put a clean dry towel on the affected area and put a cool, damp washcloth on the top of it.
- Having a mild fever, drink plenty of water and get some rest.
- Having some discomfort due to muscle pain or fever, take a pain reliever or fever medicine.
When to See a Doctor?
- If you experience swelling and pain in the vaccinated spot and it does not improve after 48 hours.
- Severe or persistent headaches that last more than two days after the vaccination.
- If you experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain, and swelling of legs within 4 weeks after receiving the vaccine.
- Bruises or bleeding in the vaccinated spot
When to go to the Emergency Room?
- If you experience severe breathing difficulties or dizziness after vaccination
- If you experience swelling on lips or severe hives all over your body after the vaccination
- If you experience fainting or loss of consciousness
How Am I Feeling After the Vaccination?
I didn’t feel any like fever or headaches after the vaccination although I felt some pain in my left arm. I don’t have any allergic reactions too. The only thing I noticed is I always feel sleepy all the time since Friday and yesterday. It’s my second day today after having the Covid vaccine and I’m doing okay. I just refrain from doing heavy works and exercise for a while and just get some rest.
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