What to expect: COVID-19 Vaccine

South Carolina residents that are 65 or older can schedule appointment for COVID-19 vaccine

Starting Monday February 8th South Carolina residents that are 65 years old or older can schedule their appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. Even if the person has any preexisting health conditions or problems, the vaccine will be given.

DHEC says that it is the right time to expand the number of South Carolinians who are eligible to receive the vaccine. This is thankfully because of the increased vaccine allotment from the federal government and a statewide vaccination plan.

Additional steps to give access to additional South Carolinians, like teachers and others in Phase 1b, will be made based on the use of the vaccine, appointments made, and other information on the supply.

DHEC also estimates “300,000 South Carolinians are between ages of 65 and 69”. Officials of the state say “82% of COVID-19 deaths in South Carolina have been among those 65 and older”. The average age for COVID-19 deaths in this state is 75. This means that the stipulations of the vaccine appointments bring access to the most vulnerable people.

South Carolina has about 458 activated COVID-19 vaccine sites. They are currently accepting appointments. Other sites will accept appointments fairly soon.

But what should you expect at your appointment to get vaccinated for COVID-19?

Even if your get the vaccine, it is important to continue using all the tools that prevent the pandemic from spreading any further. Why? The behavior of the vaccines is subjected to real-life conditions and thus it will be studied as well. That is why it is better to keep covering your nose and mouth with a mask when others are around you and also stay 6 ft away from them. You should definitely avoid crowds as well and try not to touch anything. Wash your hands properly and often.

Since COVID-19 is considered a new disease and, consequently, its vaccines are also classified as recent, questions will surely arise about its effectiveness. Some of the information we will provide will help you know what is to be expected when you get vaccinated and what information the provider of the vaccine will supply you.

Before getting the vaccine

Before you get your vaccine see if the vaccination is recommended for you right at this moment. Additionally, you should make sure you know about the different kinds of COVID-19 and how they come to work differently. Also, know that you and the healthcare worker of your provider will wear masks in order to ensure covering mouth and nose. You can try and wear gloves as well.

After getting the vaccine

With the majority of the COVID-19 vaccines you will need not one but two shots in order for it to effectively work. It is recommended to get the second shot even if you have problems or side effects after you get the first shot. However, if your doctor or provider tells you to not get it, you do not.

Some side effects can be sore muscles, feeling fatigued or getting a fever. However, these effects are not necessarily negative. They basically teach your body how to fight the virus and thus the vaccine is working. These effects will not last longer than a day or maybe two. If you have any questions its best to ask questions to your doctor, nurse, or provider.

It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require 2 shots may not protect you until a week or two after your second shot.

After care

You can also begin with your after care by asking your provider for a v-safe which is a tool you can use on your phone that uses messaging and surveys to give personalized check-ins after you get your vaccination. It also reminds you to get the second dose if you need one.

It’s best to still take care of yourself since not everyone will be able to get vaccinated right away or at the same time. That is why it is still necessary to wear your masks and consider the proper safety protocols in your daily life. You will need to wash your hands often and stay at least 6 feet away from other people that you do not live with.

This can guarantee the best protection form the virus. At the moment, experts are not really sure how long the vaccine’s effects may last. In other words, they do not know how long it will protect people. That is another reason why you should still be aware of safety and the guidelines provided by the government. The study of the vaccine and how it works in real-world situations may give experts the opportunity to better understand the vaccine and thus carry out the necessary improvements.

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