COVID Vaccine Walk-in Near Me - Los Angeles, California (2023)

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Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine What vaccines have been approved by the FDA for COVID-19? When will CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic offer the updated COVID-19 booster vaccine (also known as bivalent)? How do I know if my location has the updated booster? Can I schedule a digitally updated upgrade appointment? Can I schedule an updated booster shot with my annual flu shot? How will I know if I am eligible for the updated COVID-19 booster? If I haven't received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, can I start with the updated booster? Is reinforcement secured? What is a bivalent vaccine and how is it different from other COVID-19 booster vaccines? Can eligible populations receive their booster shots from CVS? How can eligible populations get their booster shots from CVS Pharmacy or MinuteClinic? Can eligible people get the COVID-19 vaccine and the seasonal flu vaccine at the same time? Can I get my bivalent COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as my annual flu shot? What do I need to know about COVID-19 variants, including Delta and Omicron variants? What processes are in place to manage and ensure proper delivery of dual doses? Has the recommended interval between the first and second dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) changed? Because? What do I need to know about the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine? Can my child between the ages of 5 and 15 receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the CVS Pharmacy? How can I be sure my local CVS pharmacy or MinuteClinic offers the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for my 12- to 15-year-old child? Is parental consent required for patients ages 12-17 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Who administers the vaccines? Pharmacist? pharmacology technician? Other healthcare providers? Can patients choose which COVID-19 vaccine they receive at the CVS Pharmacy? Is the vaccination against COVID-19 safe? What kind of side effects should people expect from the COVID-19 vaccine? How is CVS Health prepared to deal with possible allergic reactions to the vaccine? Is the COVID-19 vaccine recommended for people who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant? Is it safe to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant? Can I reserve my first and second dose at two different locations? What kind of reminders does CVS Pharmacy send patients before their scheduled appointments? How can I cancel or reschedule my vaccination appointment? How do I access someone else's COVID-19 vaccination records? How can I see my minor child's immunization record? How do I add my youngest child to my account and view their immunization record? Have you added your minor child to your CVS account yet? Does MinuteClinic offer the COVID-19 vaccine? FAQs Videos

Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

The FDA has rigorous scientific and regulatory processes in place to facilitate the development and ensure the safety, efficacy, and quality of COVID-19 vaccines. On August 23, 2021, the FDA granted full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people ages 16 and older.

Previously issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech (for children 6 months to 15 years), Moderna (for children 6 months to 17 years), and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen will remain in force. An EUA gives the FDA the authority to use unapproved medical products in emergencies when approved alternatives are not available. Other COVID-19 vaccines are in development and under review by the FDA under the EEA. Other COVID-19 vaccines are in development and under review by the FDA under the EEA.Find the current status of EUA and vaccine approvals.

CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic receive regular supplies and appointments are available at and through the CVS Pharmacy app and and the CVS Pharmacy app will be updated to show active CVS Pharmacies vaccination sites and for MinuteClinic locations as inventory arrives.

Yes. Patients can visit or the CVS Pharmacy app to schedule a COVID-19 update. Patients also have the option to schedule other vaccinations, including influenza, during an appointment.

The updated COVID-19 booster vaccine will be administered as a single dose at least two months after completing the first dose series or at least two months after receiving the previously available monovalent booster vaccine. (Age 5+ for Pfizer-BioNTech and Age 12+ for Moderna)

Individuals who have completed a primary COVID-19 vaccine series or any number of previous monovalent booster doses of a COVID-19 vaccine may receive a booster dose of a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine if age and the interval is justified since the last dose is allowed.

No. FDA and CDC guidelines require that the bivalent COVID-19 booster dose be administered only two months after completion of a patient's first primary series or two months after the patient's last monovalent booster dose. Based on FDA approval, previously available monovalent mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are no longer approved as a booster dose for people 5 years of age and older. The updated booster cannot be used in the main series at this time.

Yes. At this time, the updated booster shot is available at no charge to any eligible patient, whether through insurance or if you are uninsured.

A bivalent vaccine is designed to generate an immune response against two different antigens or viruses. In this case, the updated vaccine contains an mRNA component from the parent strain to provide an immune response that comprehensively protects against COVID-19 and an mRNA component common to the omicron variants of the BA.4 and BA.5 lines to Provide better protection against COVID-19. -19 caused by the Omicron variant.

Moderna boosters for eligible individuals age 18 and older and Pfizer-BioNTech boosters for eligible individuals age 5 and older are available at select CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations.

A parent or legal guardian must complete online registration at the CVS website or for children 17 years of age or younger. Adolescents 16 years and older do not need to be accompanied by an adult to their vaccination appointment unless required by state or local law.

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Patients interested in a refresher on Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment on the CVS website or the MinuteClinic website. Advance planning is recommended for patients who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from a specific manufacturer to ensure it is available at the clinic of their choice. Currently, each participating CVS pharmacy or MinuteClinic offers the Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. Same-day vaccination appointments or walk-in vaccination appointments are available, but are subject to local demand.

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Yes. Children can receive the seasonal flu vaccine at the same time as the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CDC. There is no need to stagger vaccinations. If a child has already received a flu shot, she can receive her COVID-19 vaccine at any time. We await CDC guidance on co-administration of influenza vaccines and Pfizer BioNtech COVID-19 to children under 4 years of age.

Yes. Patients can also easily schedule multiple immunizations in one appointment, including the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine and flu shots, by visiting the CVS website or the CVS Pharmacy app.

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HeThe Delta variant causes more infections and spreads fasterthan the originalSARS-CoV-2Strain of the virus that causes COVID-19. The Omicron variant is likely to spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, but how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta is unknown. The CDC believes that anyone with Omicron infection can transmit the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or do not have symptoms.

Vaccines remain the best way to reduce the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from infection with the Omicron variant. However,breakthrough infectionsit is likely to occur in people who are fully vaccinated. For other variants, such as Delta, the vaccines are still effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. The recent appearance of Omicron further underlines the importance of vaccination and booster injections.

The masks offer protection against all variants.The CDC still recommends wearing a mask in indoor public places in areas of high or high contentcommunity spreadregardless of vaccination status.

For more information,Visit the CDCs page on variants.

When patients schedule their first dose online or through the CVS app, they are prompted to schedule their second dose at the same time (if receiving Moderna or Pfizer). The second dose will be scheduled within the appropriate time frame, allowing for possible rescheduling if necessary. CVS Health has put in place a detailed tracking system to make sure we know who got which vaccine and to make sure they get the second dose of the same vaccine if needed. We can also accommodate a longer interval between primary series doses for the Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines as recommended by the CDC for specific populations.Find the CDC recommendations for dosing intervals.Patients who wish to extend the interval between their first and second doses under the new guidelines can do so by contacting their local CVS pharmacy team. After receiving the first dose, patients receive a vaccination card with all relevant vaccination information. Detailed reports are shared with state, local or territory health authorities.

The new data suggests that some people ages 12-64, and particularly men ages 12-39, would benefit from receiving their second dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine eight (8) weeks after receiving the first dose. Extending the time interval between doses of the FDA-approved primary COVID-19 mRNA vaccine from three (3) weeks (Pfizer-BioNTech) or four (4) weeks (Moderna) to eight (8) weeks helps increase the duration of protection against COVID-19.

It is important to note that this update does not apply to everyone. The 3-4 week interval is still recommended for people with moderate or severe immunodeficiency, adults 65 years and older, and others who may have concerns about increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or older. level of community transmission. Individuals 12 years of age and older with moderate or severe immunosuppression should receive three doses of their primary mRNA series and a booster dose of mRNA vaccine at least three (3) months after completing the third dose of the series. primary.

Find the new dosing interval data for the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines here.

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On December 16, the CDC publishedguideExpress a clinical preference for people to receive an mRNA vaccine (eg, vaccines made by Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech)

Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are offered at select CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations.

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Children's doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are available at select CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations. We encourage parents and guardians to check the CVS website for locations near you that have available dates.

Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine or Booster Shot at CVS

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Currently, our CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations that offer the COVID-19 vaccine have either the Moderna or Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. Patients can visit the CVS website or the MinuteClinic website to see which CVS pharmacies and MinuteClinic locations have vaccine and appointment availability prior to scheduling an appointment, which is especially recommended when scheduling an appointment for children ages 12 to 15 years old who need a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Our online scheduling tool will only display appointments at sites where the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine is available once the patient's age is provided.

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Yes, a parent or legal guardian must complete the online registration on the CVS website for minors seeking the COVID-19 vaccine. Children ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult to a CVS Pharmacy appointment; however, youth 16 and older do not need to be accompanied unless required by state or local law.

CVS Health immunizers include trained pharmacists, pharmacy interns and technicians, and other qualified healthcare professionals, based on specific state regulations. All CVS Health immunizers are certified to company requirements, trained to administer vaccines, and have active CPR certification.

Currently, our CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations that currently offer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible populations have the Moderna or Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. Patients can see which CVS pharmacy or MinuteClinic location has vaccine and appointment availability before scheduling an appointment on the CVS website or the MinuteClinic website. Depending on the vaccine you receive, you will be asked to schedule a second dose if needed.

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The FDA has approved three COVID-19 vaccines that have been shown to be safe and effective, based on manufacturer data and evidence from large clinical trials. These data demonstrate that the known and potential benefits of this vaccine outweigh the known and potential harms of COVID 19 infection. CVS Health only administers vaccines approved for use by the FDA, and our COVID-19 vaccination services are carried conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines for the safe administration of vaccines.

According to the CDC, you may experience some side effects after the COVID-19 vaccine, but they are usually mild and go away on their own. Common side effects are pain and swelling in the arm where you received the injection, and fever, chills, tiredness, and headaches in other parts of the body.

CVS Health immunizers are trained in the safe administration of FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines for use, including detection and treatment of allergic reactions. Vaccination procedures include a patient screening checklist to assess the risk of reaction. All patients are monitored for 15 minutes after injection and longer in patients with a history of severe allergic reactions. Our immunizers are equipped with appropriate medications such as epinephrine and antihistamines. More information about COVID-19 vaccines and allergic reactions can be found here.Here

Yes. As of September 2021, the CDC strongly recommends that people who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC's recommendations are consistent with those of professional medical organizations that care for pregnant women, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, as well as many other professional medical organizations. If unvaccinated pregnant women become infected with COVID-19, they may experience severe illness and a higher rate of hospitalizations, intensive care unit admissions, and death than non-pregnant people.Additional information is available through the CDC.about COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy, lactation or pregnancy planning.

Safety data show no adverse pregnancy complications associated with the COVID-19 vaccine, including no association with miscarriage or effects on fertility.Additional information is available through the CDC.about COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy, lactation or pregnancy planning.

Yes, when scheduling an appointment on the CVS website, patients can choose where to schedule their two appointments (if needed).

Patients receive email and SMS confirmations for each scheduled dose, as well as reminders sent 7 days and 2 days later and a check-in reminder 15 minutes before each appointment.

To change or cancel your appointment, use the link in your confirmation SMS or email. If you are rescheduling a second dose of COVID-19, please remember that it is imperative to receive the second dose within the proper timeframe in order to be fully vaccinated.

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At this point, you can only access your own immunization records or those of your minor children. Each patient over the age of 18 must create their own account to access their immunization records

View or create an account at

Check your email to get the COVID-19 vaccination card if the following two conditions apply:

  • The child was vaccinated at CVS Pharmacy®
  • An email address was provided during scheduling/registration

A vaccination protocol should have been sent to this address immediately. would have been sent byFarmacia@Notificación.CVSHealth.comwith the subject "For your records".

  • Sign in to your CVS account or create one if you don't already have one (you may need to verify your identity first if you haven't done so in the past).
  • Go to Pharmacy > Pharmacy settings > Manage family members > Add person.
  • To add your minor, we must first locate your pharmacy records using your patient information or a prescription number.

Short tip:The prescription (Rx) number can be found on each prescription bottle, as well as on the vaccination confirmation email mentioned in the previous question ('How can I see my minor child's vaccination record?') with the subject 'For your records. ”

  • Once the pharmacy records are found, you will be asked to confirm that you are the parent or legal guardian.
  • As soon as you confirm: Success! Your youngest child's Rx recordings are now available to view online

View a list of eligible MinuteClinic locations.

If you are trying to see your minor child's immunization record,View or create an account at

  • Sign in with your CVS account credentials.
  • You may be asked to verify your identity before you can view your child's file
  • After you sign in and verify your identity, visit Immunizations at

More than 1,100 MinuteClinic locations offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (including doses for children ages five to 11 and booster doses for ages 16 and older) or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (including booster doses) for people 18 years and older

View a list of eligible MinuteClinic locations.

*FOR COVID-19 VACCINE COSTS: The COVID-19 vaccine is currently available at select CVS Pharmacy® locations and is free with most insurance plans or through a federal uninsured program.

*FOR WALK-INS: Subject to vaccine availability.

*FOR MINUCLINIC AVAILABILITY: Vaccine available at select MinuteClinic® locations.Find suitable clinics.

*FOR SIDE EFFECTS: All CVS Health® immunizers are certified and trained to administer vaccines per company requirements and have active CPR certification.

*FOR CDC RECOMMENDATIONS AND PROCUREMENTS:Learn more about data sources, exclusions, and estimates from the CDC.

* STANDARDS FOR IMMUNIZATION ADMINISTRATION: All CVS Health Certified Immunizers are trained in vaccine administration and have active CPR certification.


Which is better Pfizer or Moderna booster? ›

Both of the mRNA vaccines available in the US are highly effective against severe COVID-19, but recent studies suggest that Moderna's elicits a stronger immune response and might be better at preventing breakthrough infections.

Which COVID vaccine is best? ›

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are strongly recommended as safe and effective at preventing serious illness or death from COVID-19.

What to do before COVID vaccine? ›

Kinzi Shewmake, M.D., a Piedmont family medicine physician, recommends four ways to prepare before you get vaccinated.
  1. Talk to your primary care provider if you have a chronic health condition. ...
  2. Learn about the vaccine. ...
  3. Get plenty of sleep, eat well and hydrate. ...
  4. Plan to take it easy the next day.

When should I get my second COVID-19 booster? ›

CDC recommends one updated (bivalent) booster dose:

For everyone aged 5 years and older if it has been at least 2 months since your last dose. For children aged 6 months–4 years who completed the Moderna primary series and if it has been at least 2 months since their last dose.

Does Pfizer or Moderna have more side effects? ›

In multivariate logistic regressions analyses, the second dose of the Moderna vaccine was associated with a significantly higher risk of side effects than both the second dose of Pfizer and the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

What are the side effects of Moderna and Pfizer? ›

Alternatively, adults are eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna bivalent booster at least two months after their primary Novavax vaccination, and teenagers ages 12 through 17 must get a Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster. Possible side effects: Injection site tenderness, fatigue, headache, muscle pain.

When are you fully vaccinated? ›

If you have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or is listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO), then you are considered to be fully vaccinated.

How many times can you get COVID? ›

Can you get Covid-19 twice? Yes, it is possible to get Covid-19 two, three or even more times. Covid reinfections have become more common because of the Omicron variant, and because immunity from previous infection and immunisation has reduced over time.

What's the difference between a shot and a vaccine? ›

Vaccines are injections (shots), liquids, pills, or nasal sprays that you take to teach your body's immune system to recognize and defend against harmful germs. For example, there are vaccines to protect against diseases caused by: Viruses, like the ones that cause the flu and COVID-19.

What happens if you take Tylenol before Covid vaccine? ›

You should not take over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen to help prevent side effects before you get the vaccine. It is not known if these medicines will affect how well the vaccine works.

When can I take Tylenol after Covid vaccine? ›

If you have a sore arm or a fever after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, you can take an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Read and follow all instructions on the label. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20.

Is it okay to get COVID vaccine without sleep? ›

Make sure you get some good rest before you get your shot, sleep experts say. That's because adequate sleep is an important factor in a strong immune system.

What to do before booster shot? ›

Eat something and drink water the day of your vaccination. Some people get nervous when they get any kind of shot and can feel dizzy or lightheaded. Proper nutrition and hydration will combat that.

What are the side effects of the new booster? ›

Other typical side effects included fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, diarrhea, fever and vomiting — all were seen with Pfizer's original COVID-19 booster too.

What to do after booster shot? ›

Use an ice pack or cool, damp cloth to help reduce redness, soreness and/or swelling at the place where the shot was given. A cool bath can also be soothing. Drink liquids often for 1-2 days after getting the vaccine. Take an over the counter pain reliever unless you have any specific contraindication.

Does the Covid vaccine have side effects on the heart? ›

However, data from multiple studies show a slight risk for myocarditis and pericarditis following the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. These cases occurred most frequently in males, ages 16 years and older, within seven days of receiving the second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

What pain reliever can I take after COVID vaccine? ›

Over-the-counter medicines like Tylenol® (acetaminophen) or Motrin® or Advil® (ibuprofen) can help with pain, fever, headache, or discomfort.

Which COVID vaccine is better for seniors? ›

Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalizations and death. People 65 and older who received both doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines showed a 94% reduced risk of COVID-19 related hospitalization.

Does Pfizer have long term effects? ›

Records show that side effects, if any, occur within 2 months of vaccination [2]. They do not develop years after they are used. mRNA, which is the technology used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, degrades in the body naturally after a few days, and the spike protein it creates only stays for a couple weeks [3].

Is it safe to take Moderna and Pfizer vaccines? ›

Both the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are effectively interchangeable and are safe to mix.

Is Moderna effective against Omicron? ›

Moderna data suggest new Covid booster is more effective against Omicron variants. New data indicate Moderna's Covid bivalent booster may be more effective against currently circulating Omicron variants of the virus than its original vaccine, the company said Monday.

How long is Moderna vaccine good for? ›

Vaccine may be stored between 2°C and 8°C (36°F and 46°F) for up to 30 days.

What to do after COVID vaccine? ›

Get some rest and pay attention to your body. Common side effects after the COVID-19 vaccine include pain and swelling at the injection site and the potential for flu-like symptoms, like chills, tiredness or fever. This phase should only last a day or two, and if you've ever had a flu shot, will come as no surprise.

How many COVID vaccinations should I have? ›

You need 2 doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection. Most people also need a booster dose to help improve the protection from the first 2 doses of the vaccine.

Why do some people not get COVID? ›

It's possible to have genetic features that make you resistant to COVID infection. Researchers have noted this before with viral infections, like HIV. But there's still more research to be done in this area. Given the high rates of COVID infection, it's likely that there aren't many people who are immune.

When does COVID get worse? ›

COVID-19 can cause symptoms that are mild at first, but then become more intense over five to seven days, with worsening cough and shortness of breath. Some people who have COVID-19 develop pneumonia. The type and severity of first symptoms can vary widely from person to person.

Can dogs catch COVID? ›

Pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. The risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is low. Do not put masks on pets; masks could harm your pet.

How long does it take for vaccine to work? ›

How quickly does the vaccine work and how long does the protection last? It generally takes 1-2 weeks following COVID-19 vaccination for the body to build immunity against the virus. Duration of protection differs per vaccine and may be influenced by who receives it.

What are the 5 types of vaccines? ›

There are several types of vaccines, including:
  • Inactivated vaccines.
  • Live-attenuated vaccines.
  • Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines.
  • Subunit, recombinant, polysaccharide, and conjugate vaccines.
  • Toxoid vaccines.
  • Viral vector vaccines.

What are the two types of immunity? ›

There are two types of immunity: active and passive.

What medications not to take with COVID vaccine? ›

Do not take a pain reliever or fever-reducing drug before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine because these drugs may impact the immune response to the vaccine. If you experience side effects after getting vaccinated, it is safe to take these drugs as needed to treat pain.

What is the best medicine for COVID headache? ›

Medication: You may find covid headache relief by using over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Follow the printed dosing directions or ask your doctor about the appropriate dose.

What is the best decongestant for COVID? ›

Take OTC antihistamines

Nasal decongestant sprays, such as oxymetazoline (Afrin, Vick's Sinex) and phenylephrine (Neo-Synephrine), can also be helpful.

How to reduce pain after vaccination? ›

Use over-the-counter pain medication after the injection.

Taking a pain reliever, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen after your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, can help reduce muscle pain and reduce swelling at the injection site. You can alternate doses of these two medications throughout the day for added relief.

Do you need to wait 15 minutes after Covid vaccine? ›

You may be asked to wait for 15 minutes after having the vaccination. This is in the unlikely event you have a serious reaction to the vaccine. Research has found it's very rare to have a serious allergic reaction to the vaccine. If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes.

Does sleeping late affect the vaccine? ›

Sleep length may affect how your body responds to vaccines, increasing your risk for illness.

What time should I sleep after vaccination? ›

Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep: When you get vaccinated, the body relies on immune responses to develop protection.

Does Covid shot make you tired? ›

Side effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination

Very common side effects in the first day or two include: having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. feeling tired. headache, aches and chills.

Which COVID booster is better? ›

Overall, the bivalent shots were 37% more effective at preventing severe COVID-19 than the original boosters. Effectiveness was similar between the two different brands, and whether or not people had received one or more boosters previously. Protection from both shots peaked at about 4 weeks after administration.

Which booster vaccine is better? ›

A booster shot with the Moderna vaccine offered older people better protection against COVID-19 if they had previously taken Pfizer jabs, researchers at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) have found.

How long do boosters last? ›

Some health experts have suggested that more time between boosters—up to six months—might be preferred. That's because someone who recently got a booster already has more virus-fighting antibodies in their bloodstream. Antibodies gradually wane over time, and another shot too soon won't offer much extra benefit.

What is the side effect of Moderna booster? ›

Axillary (or groin) swelling or tenderness was reported slightly more frequently in the younger age group than the older age group (9.3% vs 9.1% after dose 2). Injection site redness and swelling following either dose were reported less frequently. Redness and swelling were more common after dose 2.

How long after COVID are you immune? ›

New evidence suggests that 'hybrid' immunity, the result of both vaccination and a bout of COVID-19, can provide partial protection against reinfection for at least eight months1.

Do I need a booster to travel? ›

Be aware that some countries are requesting evidence that you completed your COVID-19 vaccine course at least 14 days before arriving in their country. They may also require evidence of a booster dose depending on how long ago you completed your COVID-19 vaccine course.

How long does a booster take to work? ›

How long does it take for my booster to start working? Your body's immune response kicks in almost immediately after a booster dose. It may take around two weeks to reach maximum protection.


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