If you haven’t gotten one already, now is the best time to get a COVID vaccine. Most forms of the vaccine come in two doses, so scheduling the first dose is a major step to getting your life back on track after the sudden derailment last March. To get your COVID vaccine as soon as possible and with as little difficulty as possible, consider following these tips:

How to Find Vaccine Locations

You can contact your doctors’ office for information on vaccine appointments directly from them, but many other facilities are offering COVID vaccines as well. Most chain pharmacies have one form of the vaccine, and both the CDC and state health departments have set up vaccination locations around the country. To find a location that is currently accepting appointments, you can visit the CDC website for a link to VaccineFinder. From the VaccineFinder website, visitors can view their eligibility, nearby vaccination sites, and the kinds of COVID vaccines they carry.

Paying for the Vaccine

Medicaid, Medicare, and most other insurance programs cover COVID-19 vaccinations since the vaccine itself has become a part of essential medical care. However, for those who don’t have insurance, is it still possible to get the vaccine for free? In short, yes.


For minors, the CDC’s “Vaccines For Children” program includes the COVID-19 vaccine on its list of necessary vaccinations and is thus free for minors. For adults, there is less of a safety net. The CARES act provides $175 billion to allocate for vaccination funds as of right now. Unfortunately, this fund may run dry due to the sheer number of vaccines required. In this case, it is best for those without insurance to apply for Medicaid.

Possible Side Effects

Before getting the vaccine, it is important to be aware of its side effects. All vaccines have the chance to give recipients minor side effects, and the COVID vaccine is no different. Side effects for the COVID vaccine include:

  • Pain, redness, and swelling where the vaccine was administered
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Low Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness

For people with a history of allergies, some forms of the vaccine may trigger anaphylaxis. If you have any concerns about an allergic reaction to the COVID vaccine, speak with your doctor for more specific options regarding the vaccination process.

What to Bring

When you go to get your vaccine, there are a few things you’ll need to bring. First, you’ll need your mask. You will also need two forms of identification and your insurance card. When you get your first dose, you will receive a vaccination card. This card will be vital for future reference. If necessary, bring someone with you as well, if you need help driving home.

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