Before Your COVID-19 Vaccine: How to Prepare & What Not to Do

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As more and more Americans prepare to get the COVID-19 vaccine, The Doctors want everyone to be prepared and informed about what they need to do before getting the shot and what to not do.

CNN spoke to health experts who shared their top tips you need to know before getting vaccinated.

Know when it is your turn to get vaccinated: Your age, health, and type of work will determine when you can get vaccinated. Conditions in your state, county, and local area may also affect availability. Get the latest details and contact information for your area.

Use trusted medical resources to inform you about getting the vaccine: Do not rely on social media and second-hand information when it comes to your decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC has a list of all the frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination. Plus, find out all the reasons it is important to get vaccinated -- and why believing these COVID-19 vaccine myths could harm your health.

Already had COVID? You still need the vaccine: As The Doctors have previously shared "if someone has recovered from the virus, they will likely have antibodies that last for a few months, but it is believed someone's level of immunity against the virus lowers the further out they are from the time they initially battled the virus. This is thought to be particularly important for people who only were asymptomatic or had a mild case of coronavirus. As antibody levels drop, someone will become more susceptible to the virus." Find out more about why you still need the vaccine here. Also, make sure to not get the vaccine until your COVID symptoms have passed and check with your doctor about when you should get vaccinated if previously infected.

Pause other vaccine shots before and after getting the COVID shot: The health experts say other vaccines -- like flu or shingles -- should not take place 14 day before or after getting the COVID vaccine.

Inform the health professional giving you the shot of any allergies: The instances of moderate-to-severe allergic reactions to the vaccine have been rare, but are possible. Be sure to inform the staff of any past allergic reactions. Also, the CDC requires that people wait for 15 minutes before leaving the vaccination site, and 30 minutes if you previously had a severe allergic reaction. Learn more about the most common side effects of the COVID vaccine.

Make sure to get your second shot: The current vaccines available require 2 doses.Pfizer-BioNTech is given 21 days apart and Moderna is 28 days after the first shot.

Continue to wear a mask and distance:  The vaccines are not approximately 95% effective until 1 to 2 weeks after the second dose, and the CDC notes that even when someone is vaccinated you might still be able to carry and spread the virus. 

Stay informed and get all the latest COVID-19 segments, resources and information from The Doctors.

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