Patient Information

Before, During, and After my Vaccine Visit

There is no charge for the COVID vaccine.

Talk to your doctor about getting a vaccine for COVID-19. Remember to bring your mask, and any other additional identification materials required by your vaccination center. For individuals who have had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine or a severe allergic reaction to any previous vaccines, it is not recommended that you receive COVID-19 vaccine at this time.

Wear your mask into the vaccine clinic and during your vaccination. You should receive a vaccination card or printout that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. You will also get a paper or an electronic version of a fact sheet from the manufacturer of the authorized COVID-19 vaccine that you received. Make sure you review this and ask any questions you may have before leaving. Make sure to schedule your 2nd dose.

Sign up for v-safe at V-safe is a free, smartphone-based tool that uses texts and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive your vaccination. Continue to wear your mask and practice social distancing.

Yes. Vaccination is safe and effective in patients with mild illnesses including common colds, mild diarrhea, or other mild ailments. However, if you have a fever over 100 F, your vaccination will be rescheduled.

You will receive an immunization card at the end of the visit. Additionally, your vaccine will be recorded in GRITS, the official vaccine registry of the state of Georgia. You may request a print out of your GRITS record through your primary care physician.

Second Dose Information

The second dose should be given after 21 days (Pfizer) or 28 days (Moderna). There is a +/- 4-day grace period for receiving the second dose in which patients are considered as being vaccinated “on time.”  If you can’t make an appointment within this timeframe, you can still book a future appointment. The CDC recommends receiving the second dose within 6 weeks (42 days) of your first dose.

Common side effects for both vaccines include fever, fatigue, headache, chills and muscle and/or joint aches and pain in addition to redness and swelling at the vaccination site. And, these side effects have been more frequent with the second dose.