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The COVID 19 pandemic which started in 2019 is still continuing to kill millions of lives throughout the world and vaccination seems to be the only way out. In this page, we tried to answers the common questions about COVID-19 vaccines, including vaccine safety, who should get the vaccine, and who shouldn’t.
Frequently asked questions about COVID19 vaccines in India
2 vaccines were available in India for COVID 19 in India till April – covishield and covaxin. From the month of May, a new vaccine from Russia called Sputnik V vaccine is also approved by the government and will soon be available for use
Any individual who is above 18 yrs. of age is eligible to take these vaccines
If you had a severe allergic reaction to the first dose of the vaccine or you have a known severe allergy to any of the components of the vaccine then you can’t take the vaccine
No. As on date studies are not completed on children less than 18 yrs of age. So the available vaccines cannot be given to children. But recommendations will change once these studies are completed.
Pregnant women may be offered a choice to take any COVID-19 Vaccine. Breastfeeding mothers are eligible for getting vaccinated anytime after their delivery.
Yes. In fact, it becomes even more important to take the vaccination in such conditions as these people are more prone for severe COVID disease.
No. Most medications prescribed for Diabetes, BP and Heart problems including blood thinners like Aspirin can be continued during and after vaccination. Any special medications can be taken after discussing with your treating doctor.
Before taking the vaccine you can get your INR checked and if the value is < 4 then you can safely get vaccinated.
After injecting the vaccine, pressure should be applied at the injection site for a minimum of 5 minutes.
If there is any swelling at the injection site after vaccination you need to check it with your doctor to rule out hematoma.
Yes. Even if you are on steroids, vaccines can be safely taken. But vaccine efficacy may be slightly reduced compared to others.
Yes. Since the duration of protection offered by natural infection is still not clear, it is mandatory to get vaccination.
3 Months after complete recovery of symptoms
Yes. But 3 months after complete recovery of symptoms. In such cases no need to repeat the 1st dose
Yes. Alcohol has shown no interference with vaccination. But it is better to avoid binge drinking.
Yes. It is absolutely safe.
No. none of the available COVID vaccines are live vaccines so there is absolutely no chance of getting the infection via vaccination
As per available data, it takes 2 weeks from the completion of full course of the vaccine ( 2 doses ) to give adequate protection
No. Though all the available vaccine have good efficacy, none of the vaccines can protect you 100 % against the infection. As per data the chances of getting the infection after 2 doses of Covishield vaccine is 0.03 % and for Covaxin it is 0.04%.
As data regarding co vaccination with other vaccines is limited, it is better to give 2 weeks gap between COVID vaccines and other vaccines. But in case of emergencies like Rabies vaccine ( for dog bite ) it is ok to administer irrespective of the gap from COVID vaccines.
Don’t know. Data regarding the duration of protection is not available yet.
No. As on date studies have not been completed for these kind of combinations to recommend these.
No. studies with BCG ,MMR vaccines are underway but none of them provide any useful protection against COVID19 disease.
Yes. It is important to continue to wear a mask, observe physical distancing and maintain hand hygiene even after getting the vaccine.
These vaccines are proven to be safe in large scale studies. As far as blood clots (thrombosis) is concerned, the risk is almost same as in general population. Actually, the risk of blood clots is much higher with COVID infection.