What to expect before vaccination?

Before you go

Do your research. There’s a lot of misinformation about vaccines online, so it’s important always to get your information from trustworthy sources like MOH, NCDC, UNICEF, WHO, CDC, etc. If you have any questions about whether you should receive a COVID-19 vaccine, speak to your doctor.
Talk to your doctor
If you’ve ever experienced a severe allergic reaction from any vaccine or you have any questions about the medications you are currently taking, talk to your health care provider before your appointment.
Take care of yourself
Get a good night’s rest and hydrate well before your vaccination so you can feel your best on the day1.
At present, people with the following health conditions should not receive a COVID-19 vaccine to avoid any possible adverse effects:
If you have a history of severe allergic reactions to any ingredients of a COVID-19 vaccine
or anaphylaxis (urticaria, wheezing, swelling of the tongue, throat, loss of breath, shock)2
If you are currently sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (although you can get vaccinated once you have recovered and your doctor has approved)3.


Considerations for Taking Medication before Getting Vaccinated

For most people, it is not recommended to avoid, discontinue, or delay medications for underlying medical conditions around the time of COVID-19 vaccination. However, your healthcare provider should talk to you about what is currently known and not known about the effectiveness of getting a COVID-19 vaccine when taking medications that suppress the immune system. It is not recommended you take over-the-counter medicine – such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen – before vaccination to prevent vaccine-related side effects. It is not known how these medications might affect how well the vaccine works. However, if you take these medications regularly for other reasons, you should keep taking them before you get vaccinated. It is also not recommended to take antihistamines before getting a COVID-19 vaccine to try to prevent allergic reactions. If you have questions about medications that you are taking, talk to your healthcare professional or your vaccination provider.
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Temperature measurement
  • Oxygen level measurement (pulse oximetry)
  • Vaccination


  • There is no need for a blood test prior to the vaccination
  • There is no need for an antigen test prior to the vaccination





References list

1 Preparing for Your COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC. (n.d.). Retrieved July 23, 2021

2 ՀՀ Առողջապահության նախարարի հրաման կանխարգելիչ պատվաստումների վերաբերյալ

3 What you need to know before, during and after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine | UNICEF. (n.d.). Retrieved July 23, 2021