Before and After Your Vaccination

How to Prepare for Your COVID-19 Vaccine

information provided by the PA Department of Health

While you're waiting to receive your COVID-19 vaccine, and even after you receive your vaccine, it's important to continue to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds and wash your hands often.

Before You Get Vaccinated

  • Talk with your health care provider to see if vaccination is right for you.
  • Check if COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for you right now and make an appointment to get vaccinated.
  • Stay home as much as possible to avoid exposure to COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask, social distance, avoid gatherings and crowds, and wash your hands often.
  • Learn more about the different types of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Learn more about the benefits of getting COVID-19 vaccination.

After You Receive a Vaccination

  • With most COVID-19 vaccines, you'll need two shots in order for them to work. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first one, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get a second shot.
  • Register for v-safe, a free, smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. V-safe also reminds you to get your second dose if you need one. Learn more about v-safe.
  • Learn about common side effects and get helpful tips on how to reduce your pain and discomfort after vaccination.
  • Remember to get your second shot!


Getting Your Second Shot

Information provided by the Vaccinate Lancaster Coalition for patients of the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center


Currently, the Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center is administering vaccines that require two doses. This means you will need to return to the center to get your second shot.


You will receive an invitation to schedule your second-dose vaccine shortly after receiving your first dose. You will be notified by email, if we have an email on file for you. If we do not have an email on file, we will call you. If you are unable to schedule your second-dose appointment, please call 717-588-1026, and one of our specialists will assist you. 

IMPORTANT: The Lancaster County Community Vaccination Center will permanently close on June 30. If you receive your 1st dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine between June 10 and June 30, click here (en Espanol) for information regarding where to get your 2nd-dose vaccine.