Screening requirements: What to know before you get vaccinated

December 18, 2020 Providence News Team

You will not be able to receive the vaccine if you:

·       Have a known history of a severe allergic reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) to the vaccine or any components of the vaccine (see COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization Fact Sheet for a full list) such as:

·       Lipids

·       Potassium chloride

·       Monobasic potassium phosphate

·       Sodium chloride

·       Dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate

·       sucrose

·       Are under the age of 16 years

Please consult with your provider prior to receiving the vaccine if you answer “yes” to any of the questions below:

·       In the past two weeks have you tested positive for COVID-19?

·       In the past two weeks have you had exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 at a distance of six feet or less for a period of 15 or more minutes without wearing appropriate personal protective equipment?

·       Have you had a new onset of fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea?

·       In the past 90 days have you received passive antibody therapy (i.e. convalescent plasma or a monoclonal antibody) as part of COVID-19 treatment?

·       Are you pregnant or breastfeeding or do you plan to become pregnant? (Pregnant women and breastfeeding women have not been included in any COVID vaccine clinical trials to date, so no safety data specific for this population.  If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, you may want to speak to your care provider before getting the vaccine.)

·       Are you immune compromised or on a medicine that affects your immune system?

·       Do you have a bleeding disorder or are you on a blood thinner?

·       Do you have a history of severe allergic reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) to another vaccine or injectable medication?

On the day of your vaccine appointment:

·       Arrive a few minutes early to your appointment to review documentation and prepare for your vaccination.

·       Wear clothing that allows easy access to your entire upper arm.

·       Be prepared to remain in the area at least 15 minutes following your vaccination. This additional time is for your safety and allows the vaccine team to monitor you in the event of a reaction.

·       Read the caregiver post-vaccination process. 

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