POSITIVELY 50+

If You’re 50 Or Older: 5 Things To Know After Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

Mar 18, 2021, 1:08 PM | Updated: 1:42 pm

DAYBREAK, Utah – By now, Utahns age 50 and older have been eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations for a couple of weeks.

But after you roll up your sleeve and get that shot, what’s next?

Here are five things you need to know after getting the vaccine.

They say, “If you build it, they will come.” Bruce Hutchinson, age 75, who lives in Daybreak, is planning his new yard, and his garden boxes where he’ll grow tomato plants and lettuces.

He’s already anticipating the harvest.

“It’s been fun with the grandkids when they were young, to have them plant seeds and watch them grow,” Hutchinson said. “’Gee, that came out of that little seed?’”

But for the past year, when it comes to grandkids, there’s been a drought.

“There’s been a couple of times where we actually drive by and wave to them from the car,” he said. “That’s about as close as we’ve gotten.”

To see them again soon, Hutchinson, who is retired and a volunteer with AARP, got vaccinated for COVID-19.

He encourages everyone to do so.

Be prepared for side effects

Dr. Michelle Hofmann, deputy director of the Utah Department of Health, said it’s true that side effects are stronger with the second dose.

“You may experience even fever, fatigue, just feel knocked off your feet for a day, and then it’s gone as quickly as it came,” Hofmann said.

Don’t take pain relievers before 2nd dose

Knowing this, you might be tempted to take pain relievers before you go to get vaccinated. But make sure you’re not masking other symptoms.

“We don’t want people coming in with symptoms and potentially getting vaccinated if they have COVID,” Hofmann said.

Avoid other vaccines

Third, temporarily avoid all other vaccines.

Full immunity isn’t immediate

“Two weeks is what we’re saying,” Hofmann said. “Two weeks after your second dose.”

Keep wearing your mask

And finally, you still need to wear a mask until more people get the shot.

“Until everyone has equal access to the vaccine, (we need to make sure) that we’re still doing our very best to protect our community,” Hofmann said.

For Hutchinson, news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated grandparents can hug their grandkids is like one of his tomato plants budding.

“Just hug them and find out what’s going on in their lives a little more than you get on Facebook,” he said.

By becoming protected, he’s sowing seeds of normalcy.

Doctors said all three COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available are safe and effective.

KSL 5 TV Live

Positively 50+

The Aging & Adult Services website that provides connections to Utah's seniors....

Dan Spindle

Salt Lake County Virtual Senior Centers provides a community for Utah’s seniors

Most of us would love to forget everything that happened during the pandemic, but one thing has stayed. And it’s good for Utah’s seniors.

1 month ago

AARP tax preparation...

Dan Spindle

AARP volunteers offer free tax help for seniors

Summer, winter, spring, or fall - No matter which season is your favorite, we can all agree that tax season is the worst.

2 months ago

We’re all looking for ways to stretch our finances through discounts and deals but for those who ...

Dan Spindle

Positively 50+: Tax Circuit Breaker and Renter Relief

We’re all looking for ways to stretch our finances through discounts and deals but for those who are a little older and on a fixed income, the need is that much greater. There is a lesser-known state program to help seniors out to the tune of hundreds of dollars.

3 months ago

A person putting money into a charity bucket....

Dan Spindle

Positively 50+: Protecting yourself against ‘charity scams’

As it's the most giving time of year, it's good to make sure that you are donating to the right places for the right causes.

4 months ago

Follow @KSL5TVLike us on Facebook...

Dan Spindle

Helpers with mobile pantry at Midvale Elementary know need has no season

Around the holidays so many of us start thinking about giving our time and talents to those who need it the most. But for volunteers with the Utah Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry, it’s a need that knows no season.

5 months ago

(KSL TV)...

Dan Spindle

Suazo Business Center is helping get people’s ideas up and going

If you have an idea, and don't know where to start, the Suazo Business Center can offer you the help you need.

6 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

If You’re 50 Or Older: 5 Things To Know After Getting COVID-19 Vaccine