Vaccine rollouts are increasing nationwide for the COVID-19 shots, with over 9,400 fully vaccinated in Riley County as of Monday.
But what do you do after?
Some experts have listed things you SHOULDN’T be doing:
- Don’t take over-the-counter meds like Advil or Tylenol before your shot. It could interfere with the immune response. I don’t know how. I’m a voice on the radio. Ask your doctor.
- Don’t worry about hitting the bar. There is absolutely no evidence that a drink or two affects the vaccine’s effectiveness. So PARTY ON!
- Don’t get a tattoo or piercing right after your shot. I understand wanting to commemorate something this historic, but there’s a chance getting a tat or pierced could trigger an immune response in addition to the one from the vaccine.
- Don’t get other vaccines around the same time. Experts aren’t quite sure how the COVID vaccine interacts with other vaccines, so, to be safe, wait a couple of weeks before any other shots. Try to avoid any and all rusty nails.
- Don’t push yourself to exercise. Most people are good after their shots, but if you’re feeling run down, take a day or two off. You won’t lose the washboard abs that quickly.
- Don’t forget to hydrate. This is just good advice in general, really. But the vaccine could spike a fever, which makes you sweat, so drink plenty of water. Or a sports drink. I like strawberry Gatorade.
- Don’t lose your vaccine card. Staples, Office Depot, and OfficeMax all will laminate it for free. Experts are also recommending a photo, just in case. I say frame that sucker and get a plaque that says “Proof I Survived the 2020 Pandemic.”