Here’s what you can expect when you get vaccinated for COVID-19

The mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics are new to Riverside County. And when things are new, there can be some confusion. As Riverside County receives more vaccine, it anticipates that the appointment process will continue to streamline as it brings on more community vaccination partners and holds more vaccination clinics.

The county provided the following answers to some commonly asked questions:

Will there be a long line when I arrive for my appointment?

Lines will vary throughout the day as some people arrive two to three hours ahead of appointment times. It is recommended that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Be prepared for a two to three-hour process, start to finish.

What should I bring?

Bring your driver’s license or any other photo ID. If you are a healthcare worker, bring proof of employment to include a work badge or pay stubs. Consider bringing water, snacks, or medicines that you may need. In some cases, you may need to stand for an extended period or be outside, so bring a folding chair or umbrella for protection against the weather.

What happens after I receive the vaccine?

Plan on staying around for about 15 minutes while a nurse observes you for any obvious allergic reaction.

How do I go about getting my second dose of vaccine?

For residents who received their first dose at one of our public health vaccine clinics, automatic emails will be sent when it is time to make an appointment for your second dose. You may make an appointment for a second dose at any location where you can secure a time, including at a doctor, pharmacy, or urgent care clinic. The appointment does not have to be made precisely on the 21-day or 28-day mark. It can occur after, just not before.  

If you received the Pfizer vaccine for your first dose, you must receive the Pfizer for your second dose. The same is true for the first Moderna vaccine. Check your vaccination card to see which vaccine you received. At the time of making your second appointment, inquire which vaccine is currently available.

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