As more and more vaccines become available for COVID-19, more and more of us are asking really specific questions about the process:

  • What arm should I use for the vaccine?

  • Should I get the first shot in one arm and the second shot in another?

  • If I’m right-handed, should I get the vaccine in my dominant arm, or my weaker one?

  • Does where I get the vaccine have any bearing on how the vaccine performs?

Right off the bat let’s clear up the most important misconception. The vaccine will come as a shot in the arm, but which arm you choose to receive the vaccine shot has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the vaccine.

That said, one of the most common side-effects of the vaccine is pain and soreness near the injection site in the first few days after the shot. So that might be something to look at as you decide.

We know there are a lot of myths and questions about the vaccine, but we hope that doesn’t deter you from getting it. It truly is the most effective way of keeping people safe and getting the world back on its feet again.

Here’s our fearless founder, Dr Juan Rivera, with his experience about which arm to use for the vaccine injection.

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