What to expect at your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Get a ride to the clinic

Don't wait until you have a vaccine appointment to arrange transportation. Start planning now.

Residents over age 50 and adults with disabilities can call Connect-A-Ride for information about available transportation options. Connect-A-Ride mobility specialists will ask you questions to help them find the best option for you. They can then help you register or apply for transportation programs. Email ConnectARide@AccessJCA.org or call 301-738-3252.

Prepare for your appointment

Bring identification - we will ask you to show identification that shows your name and date of birth. This is so we can confirm that you live or work in Montgomery County and that you are in the group currently eligible to receive a vaccination.

Examples include, but are not limited to

  • Driver's License
  • Maryland Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Work ID

Wear clothing with easy access to your upper arm - we will ask you to roll up your sleeve for the vaccine shot.

Wear a mask - everyone at the clinic, including staff, volunteers, and people receiving vaccines must wear a mask.

Reschedule if you are sick

If you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, please cancel your vaccine appointment. We will send you a new one as soon as we can.

Your appointment confirmation email has a link for canceling your appointment.

Park and come in

We have accessible parking spaces near the clinic entrance. We have attendants in the parking lot. They will offer to help you if you need support getting from your car to the entrance. You may also be dropped off at the entrance.

Expect a short wait time

We set up appointment times so wait times are brief.

Keeping your appointment time will help you get through the clinic quickly.

You will stand a little

There will be short times of standing as you go through the clinic space.

If mobility is a concern or you cannot stand for longer periods of time, tell the clinic staff. They will meet your needs.

You may feel side effects

After you get your shot, you will sit for 15 minutes. You will be in a group with other people who have just gotten their shots. You will be socially-distanced. If you have an immediate reaction, our medically-trained staff will help you right away!

You may feel

  • pain at your shot site
  • tired
  • muscle aches
  • joint pain
  • headaches
  • chills

If you have an unexpected reaction, report it through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). If you need help with reporting to VAERS, email info@VAERS.org or call 1-800-822-7967.

Come back for your second dose

In about three weeks, we will contact you for your second dose appointment. The email will come from c19vaccination@montgomerycountymd.gov.

You may also get reminders from the PrepMod system.