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A Social Story About the COVID-19 Vaccine

A social story presented by the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities:

COVID-19 is a virus that has made many people very sick. Some people have died. Now there is a vaccine. The vaccine is in a shot. The vaccine shot puts medicine in my body to keep me from getting COVID-19. When it's my turn, I can get the COVID-19 shot to stay healthy. I will go to a doctor's office or a drug store to get my shot. I will check in when I arrive, sit, and wait for the nurse to call my name. I will roll up my sleeve. The nurse will rub a cold wipe on my arm. It might smell funny. Then the nurse will give me the vaccine shot. It will feel like a pinch or a prick. I will sit very still. The nurse will put a band-aid on my arm. I may need to wait to make sure I am safe and healthy to go home. After the nurse tell me it's OK, I am done for today. Now I can go home. I need 2 COVID-19 vaccine shots to stay healthy. I will come back in 3-4 weeks to get the second shot. When I come back, I will go through the same steps to get my second shot. After the shots, my arm may be sore. I may have a headache or feel tired. I will feel fine after a couple of days. I will still need to wear a mask for awhile. I did my part to safe safe and keep other healthy!