V-Safe: After the Vaccination Health Checker for the COVID Vaccine
Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose. Sign up with your smartphone’s browser at vsafe.cdc.gov or aim your smartphone’s camera at this code. V-Safe is an after vaccine health checker.
What is V-Safe?
V-Safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from the CDC may call yo check on you. And V-Safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Your participation in CDC’s v-safe makes a difference it helps keep COVID-19 vaccines safe.
How can I participate?
Once you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you can enroll in v-safe using your smartphone. Participation is voluntary and you can opt out at any time. You will receive text messages from v-safe around 2:00pm local time. To opt out, simply text “STOP” when v-safe sends you a text message. You can also start v-safe again by texting “START”.
How long do V-safe check-ins last?
During the first week after you get the your vaccine, v-safe will send you a text message each day to ask how your are doing. Then you will get a check-in messages once a week for up to 5 weeks. The questions v-safe asks should take less than 5 minutes to answer. If you need a second dose of vaccine, v-safe will provide a new 6 week check-in process so you can share your second dose vaccine experience as well. You’ll also receive check-ins 3, 6, and 12 months after your final dose of the vaccine.
Is my health information safe?
Yes. Your personal information in v-safe is protected so that it stays confidential and private.
How to register and use v-safe:
You will need your smartphone and information about the COVID-19 vaccine you receive. This information can be found on your vaccination record card; If you cannot find your card, please contact your healthcare provider.
- Go to v-safe website using one of the two options below:
*Use your smartphone’s browser to go to V-safe.cdc.gov
*Aim your smartphone’s camera at this code.
2. Read the instructions. Click Get Started.
3. Enter your name, mobile number and other requested information. Click Register.
4. You will receive a text message with a verification code on your smartphone. Enter the code in v-safe and click Verify.
5. At the top of the screen, click Enter your COVID-19 vaccine information.
6. Select which COVID-19 vaccine you received (found on your vaccination record card; if you cannot find your card, please contact your healthcare provider). Then enter the date you were vaccinated. Click Next.
7. Review your vaccine information. If correct, click Submit. If not, click Go Back.
8. Congrats! You all set! If you complete your registration before 2:00pm local time, v-safe will start your initial health check-in around 2:00pm that day. If you register after 2:00pm, v-safe will start your initial health check-in immediately after you register-just follow the instructions.
You will receive a reminder text message from v-safe when it’s time for the next check in-around 2:00pm local time. Just click the link in the text message to start the check in.
Complete a v-safe health check-in:
- When you receive a v-safe check-in text message on your smartphone, click the link when ready.
- Follow the instructions to complete the check-in.
*How can I come back and finish a check-in later if I’m interrupted?
Click the link in the text message reminder to restart and complete your check-in.
*How do I update my vaccine information after my second COVID-19 vaccine dose?
V-safe will automatically ask you to update your second dose information. Just follow the instructions.
Need help with V-safe?
Call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-6348) Open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Visit http://www.cdc.gov/safe.
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the CDC pamphlet on V-Safe and I give them full credit for this. Please call the above numbers or check out their website for more information on the program.