Stay Safer Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine
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Get Ready for Your COVID-19 Vaccine
Ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Ask your doctor about the medicine you take.
Ask if you should take medicine on the day of your COVID-19 vaccine.
Your doctor may tell you to change your medicine on the day of your COVID-19 vaccine.
Stay Safer Getting Your Vaccine
You must feel well to get your COVID-19 vaccine.
Wear a mask when you get your COVID-19 vaccine.
The mask will protect you.
The mask will protect others.
The mask must cover your nose.
The mask must cover your mouth.
The mask must fit under your chin.
The mask must be snug on your face.
You may have to wait in line to get your COVID-19 vaccine.
Stay 6 feet away from other people while you wait in line.
You Must Wait After You Get a COVID-19 Vaccine
People will show you where to wait after your vaccine.
People will show you where to sit after your vaccine.
Sit 6 feet away from other people while you wait.
People will watch to make sure you are safe.
People will watch you for 15 minutes or more.
People will ask you how you feel.
People will tell you when it is safe to leave.
Get the Information You Need
You will get a card.
The card tells what COVID-19 vaccine you got.
Ask if you need help reading the card.
Keep your card in case you need it later.
You may get a fact sheet.
The fact sheet tells about the COVID-19 vaccine you got.
The fact sheet may be on paper.
The fact sheet may be online.
Ask how you can get a fact sheet.
Ask if you need help reading the fact sheet.
Ask about the COVID-19 vaccine you got.
Ask how many doses you need.
Ask when you will get your doses.
Ask when you will be protected from COVID-19.
Original Guidance: Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine | CDC
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