Should You Post That Covid-Vaccine Selfie? An Etiquette Guide for the Vaccinated

As more Americans get the coronavirus vaccine after a long year of incalculable losses, some new problems have emerged. The websites used to book appointments can be difficult to navigate for seniors and non-native English speakers. Each state has its own specific criteria as to who can be vaccinated, which can confuse the public. For Americans who have been vaccinated or are waiting for their appointments, there are also social issues to consider during this sensitive time.

What should you wear to the appointment to make it the easiest for stressed volunteers, considering the vaccine is injected high on your arm into the deltoid? Is it even appropriate to post a vaccine selfie? Should you include the vaccination card in this photo? What to do with those who cross the border or cross state lines to get the vaccine? And on the other side of the same coin, how do we tackle “vaccine shame,” an ongoing trend on social media where young or healthy looking people are attacked for allegedly receiving their bumps in front of seniors or key workers?

WSJ. spoke to a variety of experts – a trained nurse who regularly delivers vaccines, a fashion editor, professional manners advisor, and cybersecurity agencies – for tips on the new rules of “vaccine etiquette”.

What should you wear to the appointment?

The vaccination area is high on the arm. So it’s best to wear a shirt that rolls up easily, a tank top, or even a top with shoulders. “The most important consideration is ease of use for those who will give the vaccine,” says Jodi RR Smith, a professional etiquette expert and founder of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting in Boston. “They do hundreds of them a day and we don’t want to waste a minute of their time.” For Smith’s own bump, she plans on wearing a shirt or tank with a button-down or a zip-up hoodie.

Mickey Boardman, 54, fashion world editor and editor-in-chief at Paper, described Dolly Parton’s “cold shoulder” top as the perfect vaccine look, but says that anything is possible as long as the arm is accessible. When he was first appointed March 3, Boardman wore a Lacoste polo under a Marc Jacobs coat. He took off his jacket and rolled up his sleeve when it was time to get the shot. “Personally, I thought it was a little crazy – I’ve seen some very muscular guys who basically took off their shirts or who basically had to take off their clothes to take the picture,” he says with a laugh. “And I think that was a bit much.”

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