The COVID-19 vaccine is currently being distributed and administered throughout Minnesota and the United States. To give you an idea of how getting a vaccine works, here’s the run down on the vaccination process.  


Before Your COVID-19 Vaccine

To prepare for your COVID-19 vaccination, follow these steps:  

Sign up to get notified when your COVID-19 vaccine is ready for you! There are several state and local notification sign up systems to make sure you are notified when it is your turn to receive a COVID-19 vaccine 

Investigate the different vaccines. 

Stay Updated on the current vaccine distribution phase and know which phase you fall into. 

Stay Informed by following @WSUHealth on social media for more campus COVID-19 vaccine updates. 

Be Patient and on the lookout for an email or phone call from your primary care provider, employer, WSU Health & Wellness Services, or Winona (or Olmstead) County with information about how to schedule your appointment to get vaccinated. 

Prepare for your appointment by notifying your boss, supervisor, or professor that you may need time off from work or school. You should also be prepared to take the day off after your vaccination appointment in case you need a day to recover from any side effects you may experience.  

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During Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Now that you know how to be prepared for when it’s your turn to receive the vaccine, let’s go through what your vaccine appointments might look like.  

When it is your turn to receive the vaccine, you will be notified and instructed on how to schedule an appointment for your vaccination.  

Before you head to your scheduled appointment make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing and a mask, such as a short sleeve shirt, undershirt, over the shoulder or another piece of clothing that will allow easy access to your upper arm. Please bring your insurance information or card with you.

What to expect at your appointment:
  • When you get to your vaccination clinic you will need to checkin and answer a series of questions similar to the ones you were asked while scheduling your appointment. 
  • Once you are all checked in, you will be directed to a health care professional who will administer your dose of the vaccine. 
  • After receiving your dose, you will be monitored for 15 minutes to ensure you have no signs or symptoms of an allergic reaction 
  • During or after your appointment, you should receive a vaccination card that is meant to keep track of what vaccine you received, when you received it, and where you received it. You should also receive a fact sheet with information about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you are received.  
  • After you have received your dose of the vaccine, waited 15-30 minutes, got approval from clinic staff, and perhaps scheduled your next appointment, you will be allowed to leave. 

Pfizer doses should be given 21 days apart and Moderna doses should be given 28 days apart. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires a single dose so you will not need to schedule a second appointment. 

After Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Hooray! At this point in the process, you would have received your vaccine! You may be asking yourself now what do I do? Well, here are some things you should be mindful of after you receive the vaccine.  

Vaccine Side Effects

After you receive a dose of the vaccine you may or may not experience post-vaccine symptoms such as 

  • Pain, Swelling or Itching around the injection site 
  • Headache 
  • Tiredness 
  • Muscle aches 
  • Nausea  
  • Chills  
  • Fever
  • Severe reaction 

It is important to note that people may experience fever or a severe reaction to the vaccine. Any other symptoms you have should go away within a few days.  

Sign-Up for V-Safe

To report and keep track of your symptoms, consider signing up for v-safe, a tool created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to check-in on you after you receive the vaccine. This tool will periodically send you text messages with a link to a short daily check-in survey which monitors any symptoms you have post-vaccination.  

After Getting Vaccinated

Even after you are fully vaccinated you still need to continue to follow COVID-19 prevention measures and guidelines such as wearing a mask, staying 6 feet away from others, and practicing good hand hygiene in public places.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Ask-A-Nurse message line at 507.457.2292 or by e-mail at

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Ashley Bader

Ashley is graduating in 2021 with a major in Public Health: Epidemiology and a minor in Statistics. Her interests include listening to music and spending time with her friends, family, and pets.

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