Now that President Joe Biden has announced every adult in America should be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of May, you may want to start reading up on what to expect after getting the first of the two doses.
While some are most concerned about possible side effects, there's surely just as many college students and young adults who want the answer to another question: can you drink alcohol after getting vaccinated?
At the moment, the CDC hasn't set out any official guidelines on the subject, but the research conducted during the preliminary vaccine trials didn't require participants to avoid alcohol.
There were also no reports of anyone experiencing negative side effects when drinking after receiving the shot.
In fact, Richard Watkins, M.D, told Cosmopolitan that "there is no evidence that alcohol reduces the formation of antibodies." However, since the vaccine can cause mild side effects like fatigue, headaches and fever, "being intoxicated or hungover" has the potential to make you feel even worse.
The CDC revealed it's also common to experience soreness at the injection site for the next 24 hours, but patients are allowed to take ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Applying a cool compress to the spot can also help alleviate discomfort.
At the moment, the U.S. has approved vaccines from three different manufacturers: Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. While the latter requires just one shot, the others require two: if you receive the Pfizer shot, you should wait at least 28 days before getting the second dose. Moderna requires a 21-day interval.
According to a new report, getting vaccinated for the coronavirus may become an annual appointment, as some medical experts believe that even though the infection rate of the virus will slow down, it's possible that it never fully goes away.
"Every year, you need to go to get your flu vaccine. It's going to be the same with COVID," predicted Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. "In a year, you will have to go and get your annual shot for COVID to be protected." An official statement on the matter has never been made.
So far, a total of 109 million vaccines have been delivered throughout the country, with 82 million of those having already been distributed.