When you arrive at the vaccination location, you may be asked to wear a mask. The office or vaccination clinic staff may ask you for your name to confirm your appointment if you have one. Remember that everyone 5 years of age and older is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, without any personal information being reported back to the government.
You should then receive a fact sheet that tells you more about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you will receive. Each FDA-approved or FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine has its own fact sheet that contains information to help you understand the risks and benefits of receiving that specific vaccine. You can view the fact sheets in advance here:
There is no special vaccine administration process. The person giving you the vaccine will wipe your arm, administer the vaccine, and give you a band aid. You will then be asked to wait 15 minutes to ensure you do not have any allergic reaction to the vaccine.
Afterward, you should receive a vaccination card that tells you which COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you got it, and where you got it. Keep your vaccination card someplace safe as you will need it to fill out information on your second dose and booster(s).
You can also ask your vaccine provider about registering for V-safe. V-safe is the CDC‘s free smartphone tool that uses text messaging to check in with you after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. V-safe also reminds you to get your second dose and boosters if you need one and can help you see which vaccines you got and when if you lose your COVID vaccination card. If you recently got your COVID vaccine, but haven’t already registered for V-safe, please click here to register.