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8 Common FAQs about Vaccination

8 Common FAQs about Vaccination

Post the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive which saw people above the age of 45 taking the jab against coronavirus, the Indian Government has now opened the vaccine drive for everyone above 18yrs of age. The third phase of the largest vaccination drive has kickstarted on May 1. While citizens across various age groups are being inoculated in the country since January this year, many of us still do not know enough about the vaccination drive, vaccines being used, its effects, dosage and side effects, etc. We have collated a total of 8 most commonly asked questions about vaccination and their answers for greater understanding. Read on!

1. Which vaccines are being administered?
The two vaccines being used are Covaxin and Covishield. While Covaxine is manufactured by Bharat Biotech International Limited in association with ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) and NIV(National Institute of Virology),
Covishield is manufactured in Serum Institute in India and developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. The major point of difference between the two vaccines 

2. Are both the vaccines based on the same technology?
No. While Covaxine is prepared on dead or inactive viruses, Covishield is based on the Viral Vector based Technology. Covishield is developed with the same technology incorporated in vaccines used for Ebola to build immunity and defense against the virus. However, Covaxine is made using the Whole-Virion Inactivated Vero Cell-derived technology which means that the vaccine contains inactivated viruses that helps the immune system to develop a mechanism against the active virus.

3. Where can I get vaccinated?
Government and Private Hospitals and medical facilities are notified and made COVID Vaccination Centres (CVCs) for registered individuals to get vaccinated there.

4. Is there a dose schedule for both the vaccines?
Yes. Both the vaccines are administered in two doses. While in case of Covishied the interval has been extended from 4-6 weeks to 4-8 weeks, for Covaxin the recommended second dose remains 4-6weeks.

5. Can I choose my vaccine?
No. The vaccine is provided to various parts of the country based on availability, a distribution plan and beneficiary load according to the MOHFW guidelines. Therefore, the citizens are not allowed to choose their vaccines just yet. However, both the vaccines are said to be equally safe and effective. 

6. Can someone with suspected or confirmed COVID symptoms take the vaccine?
In an attempt to limit the exposure of suspected COVID patients at vaccination sites and other public places, it is recommended that infected individuals do not vaccinate for 14 days after symptoms are resolved. Generally, for confirmed patients of COVID, a period of 4-8 weeks after recovery from COVID symptoms are recommended before getting vaccinated.

 7. Can you get complete protection with vaccination?
Vaccines help build immunity in the body within a few weeks and not immediately after vaccination. At this point, it is essential to get vaccinated as advised and continue  following all the basic precautionary measures.  

8. What are the major side effects of the vaccines?
The vaccine could cause mild symptoms like soreness or tenderness at the site of injection, bodyache, headache, pain, fatigue, chills, nausea, malaise, cold, cough, pyrexia, arthralgia, abdominal pain, etc. 

By: Anubha Hatwal | on 2021-05-12

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