CDC tool to help track your vaccine side effects

Tool to monitor vaccine symptoms

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - As more and more people across the state get their COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC is asking for your help in tracking data on side effects of the shot.

When you get your COVID vaccine, state health officials said that all Alabama providers should give you a sheet of paper with information on the CDC’S side effect reporting tool. It’s called V-SAFE. You go online and create a portal with what vaccine you got and when. You can input your symptoms and side effects daily.

The CDC will send you text messages to check in and remind you when your second dose appointment is.

Alabama’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mary McIntyre said it’s a good way for the CDC to track vaccine data and a way for people to make sure their side effects aren’t out of the ordinary.

“If there is a symptom that is really not what I call ‘something that you should expect’ put in there, somebody will follow up and say you really need to explain to me more what is going on and you really need to call your doctor or go to the emergency room,” Dr. McIntyre said.

For the first week after your shot, V-safe will text you everyday. After, that, once a week for the next few weeks and then every few months to make sure you aren’t having any serious side effects.

Click here to enroll in V-SAFE.

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