It's been a long year-plus, but it seems like there is light at the end of the tunnel - and hope on the horizon; the COVID-19 vaccinations continue their roll-out into the general population - following the established priority levels and definitions.  And, it appears that the vaccine doses are doing what they're supposed to; for the time being (at least), the total number of COVID-19 cases (especially new cases) is continuing a downward trend, hospitalizations are also down, and thankfully so are associated death rates.

While some have found scheduling appointments for their (or their loved ones) vaccine shots a little bit of a process, that too is improving. As supplies ramp up and priority levels shift, finding a source for your own vaccine appointment is getting easier with every day.

Similar to the beginning of the pandemic - when everyone had questions about precautions, contagion, spread, and the like - now it appears that the questions have shifted towards the vaccine.  "What can I expect it to feel like?"  "How will I feel afterwards?"  "What can I do to get my body ready in advance?"  "What should I wear?" These vaccine-related questions are most-certainly appropriate and deserve respectable answers.

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To help get you ready for your own COVID-19 vaccine shot appointment, we've compiled some tips and bits of advice. Some of these tips will help you get ready for the appointment in advance, some of them will help you out while you're there, some are good for the days following the vaccine, and some are just helpful all the way around - both before and after.

Things To Do Before + After Getting The COVID Vaccine

A variety of things to do to get ready for the COVID-19 vaccine as well as some considerations to take afterwards.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.