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2 News India Times May 7, 2021 Side effects will likely be stronger While many people report the second shot packs a punch, the good news is that older adults are less likely to experience vaccine reactions. Avoid taking pain relievers before your shot Pain relievers taken preemptively ahead of a shot could dampen the effectiveness of the vaccine. Timing between doses doesn't need to be exact The second dose of the Pfizer shot is recommended to be given 21 days after the first; for Moderna, 28 days. But if you miss it, the second dose can be given up to 6 weeks after the first. The second dose should be from the same manufacturer as the first Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are not interchangeable with each other or with other COVID-19 vaccine products. Got your 1 st shot? Here are 8 things to know before your second COVID-19 vaccine shot Learn more about COVID-19 vaccination at A rash at the injection site isn't a reason to skip your second dose A rash at the injection site after getting the first shot should not deter from getting the second shot. Temporarily avoid all other vaccines Avoid other immunizations in the two weeks before and after both doses. Full immunity is not immediate It takes 2 weeks after the second dose to build full protection to the virus. Continue preventative measures Continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing after vaccination. It’s still possible to carry the virus and silently transmit it to others. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 AARP is fighting to protect the health of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders 50+ and their families by providing trusted information and resources surrounding COVID-19. WE’RE ALL TIRED OF COVID-19 But COVID-19 isn’t over yet. Neither is our fight. GET TESTED IMMEDIATELY IF YOU FEEL COLD OR FLU SYMPTOMS STAY MASKED AND DISTANCED GET TESTED OFTEN, EVENWITH NO SYMPTOMS ANDWHEN IT’S YOUR TURN, GET VACCINATED SO, WHAT’S NEXT? Preventing the spread of COVID-19 starts with knowing if we have it. TESTING IS AVAILABLE AT NO COST TO YOU. Visit or call 212-COVID19