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Which arm is best for COVID-19 vaccine shot?

Posted at 9:45 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-20 14:50:46-04

As more Arizonans start to become eligible for their second COVID-19 vaccine, some wonder if they should be asking the healthcare workers administering the shots to inject them in a different location than their first dose.

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Arizona Medical Association President Dr. Ross Goldberg says that isn't necessary.

"I have not heard anything making a difference," in relation to where a patient is injected, he says.

He does suggest that if a patient is right-handed, they consider having the shot administered in their left arm and vice versa in case they experience any soreness.

"If you're worried about it and your more dominant-handed, yeah it doesn't hurt to get it in the other arm, just in case," says Goldberg.

He says he received both doses in the exact same area.

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