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The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to stop the spread of the pandemic. Thank you for doing your part. Since this is your first time getting this vaccine, you might have questions. Here’s more information and resources for after you get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Things to remember

  • Wait 15 minutes before leaving. For your safety, we ask that you wait 15 minutes after getting the vaccine before you leave. This is a guideline set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Make sure to get both doses. The first shot gets your immune system ready. It helps your body recognize the virus and fight it if you’re exposed. The second shot will make your immune system’s response stronger. Missing the second dose could mean you won’t build full protection against the virus.
  • Hang on to your vaccination card. This is proof you got the COVID-19 vaccine. It shows what type of COVID-19 vaccine you got and when you got it. You can also take a photo of this card so you always have a copy on hand.
  • Continue COVID-safe practices. While the vaccine is extremely effective, you still need to wear masks, wash your hands and socially distance until we stop the spread of COVID-19.

Rescheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments

If you need to reschedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointments, it’s important to do it right away. Keep in mind there are limited amounts of the vaccine available, so appointments might fill up quickly.

Rescheduling before your first dose

Log in to MyAtriumHealth, click on your current appointment time and select the option to cancel your appointment. Once your appointment is canceled, you’ll see the alert that says you’re eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. From there, you can find new times to schedule both doses.

Rescheduling after your first dose

We’ll schedule a new appointment time when you’re here for your first dose.

Rescheduling after leaving the location for your first dose

  • Online: Log in to MyAtriumHealth, click Customer Service Messages, and Send a message requesting a new appointment time.
  • Phone: Call 704-468-8830, and we’ll reschedule your appointment over the phone.

Side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine

The most common side effect is pain, redness or swelling at the site of the shot. You may also have:

  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Tiredness
  • Low fever

Like with other vaccines, you might have minor side effects. Side effects may be more noticeable after the second dose, so set time to rest if you can. Side effects usually go away in 48 hours, or 2 days.

Want to talk to a nurse or pharmacist about a side effect? Call 704-468-2000.

COVID-19 vaccine facts and FAQs

  • COVID-19 fact sheets: Learn more about the type of COVID-19 vaccine you got.
  • FAQs: Get answers to the questions we hear most frequently about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Enroll in v-safe, an after-vaccination health checker

After you get the COVID-19 vaccine, you have the option to sign up for v-safe. V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that checks in on how you're doing. It also reminds you to get your second dose if you still need it.

Through text messages and web surveys, you can quickly tell the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if you have any side effects after getting the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are already safe and help your body fight off the virus. Your responses on v-safe help make them even better.

Enroll in v-safe.

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