As of April 20, 2021, more than 1.63 crore people have received the Covid-19 vaccine in India so far. Some people have complained of certain side effects, although there haven’t been any adverse cases.
A large number of experts have informed that these are expected in a small number of cases and there’s nothing to worry about.
Both the vaccines used in India are completely safe and minor side effects are expected as that is what happens whenever you get any vaccine, not just this one in particular.
Here’s what you should know about the vaccine and precautions you need to take before taking the vaccine:
- If you have any allergies to medications/ drugs, please get an all-clear from the concerned medical practitioner. This includes a complete blood count (CBC), C-reactive protein (CRP), or Immunoglobulin-E (IgE).
- If you’ve been prescribed medicines before the vaccine, have them and eat well. Don’t worry and try to relax.
- If you suffer from diabetes or have abnormal blood pressure, please keep these in check. If you’re a cancer patient on chemotherapy, consult your oncologist first.
- If you have received blood plasma or monoclonal antibodies as part of your Covid-19 treatment or were infected in the last one and a half months, it’s advisable to not take the vaccine right now.
- Once you receive the coronavirus vaccine, you ‘ll be monitored at the vaccine centre for any immediate severe allergic reaction. You’ll be allowed to leave only when it’s confirmed that there are no such signs.
- Side effects such as pain at the injection site and fever are common. This is not a reason to worry. Some other side effects like chills and fatigue might also be expected, but these go away in a few days.
- Vaccines help in building and preparing our body to recognise and fight an external threat - in this case, the Covid-19 virus. It takes around 2 weeks for the body to get adjusted and build protection.
- What this means is, you can still get infected after getting the vaccine as your body needs time to develop immunity.
- Hence, the same rules apply to you even after vaccination - wear your face mask, frequently wash hands and follow social distancing if you’re in a public place.