Myths About COVID Vaccination Appointments

Vaccinating against COVID-19 is an effective way to lessen the severity of the disease. It also reduces your risk of catching it and allows you to travel to other countries. Unfortunately, there are lots of myths out there about what happens when you receive the vaccine. Learning more about them can reduce your worries.

COVID Vaccines Are Mandatory

Like other vaccines in Australia, COVID vaccines aren't mandatory. However, there are some circumstances where not attending your COVID vaccination appointment places you at a disadvantage. Some workplaces require you to be vaccinated against COVID to gain employment. Employment requirements can vary between states and territories, so check what your local regulations are. Additionally, some countries won't allow you to travel there unless you can prove you've received the vaccine. However, travel restrictions can change, so it's best to check before booking holidays abroad.

Your Periods Change After the Appointment

Receiving the COVID vaccine won't permanently change your menstrual cycle. Some women find that their first cycle after the appointment lasts a little longer than usual. However, this usually resolves by the time their next cycle arrives. If you're experiencing changes to your menstrual cycle, it's unlikely to be due to the COVID vaccine. As such, you should consult a medical professional if you're concerned.

You Can't Mix COVID and Flu Vaccines

If you prefer to take a diligent approach to your vaccinations, you can receive COVID and flu vaccines on the same day. As neither vaccine protects you against the other disease, it's important to have both if you regularly vaccinate against the flu. Like COVID, the flu mutates each year, and so the nature of the vaccine changes. Having both vaccines on the same day doesn't decrease their efficacy.

Immunity Against COVID is Instant

As with other vaccines, your body needs time to develop an immune response against COVID-19. It should gradually increase over a one to two-week period. If you're concerned about catching COVID-19 or spreading it to someone else during this period, you may want to self-isolate. You can try to reduce the time you spend socialising and ask your boss about working from home temporarily.

The COVID Vaccine Makes You Unwell

Some people do experience side effects following their vaccine. Such side effects can include aching at the injection site and feeling tired. However, only some people encounter these side effects. Many people continue with their normal routines following the vaccine. One way to reduce your likelihood of experiencing temporary side effects is to stay well-hydrated ahead of your appointment.

Contact a medical centre to book a COVID vaccination appointment today.