There are various COVID vaccines available in India and the first vaccination program was initiated in December 2020. The covid vaccines that are approved by the government of India are developed by Astra-Zeneca, Covishield, Covaxin. This is observed as the largest vaccination program covering the whole nation. Below are the frequently asked questions about covid 19 vaccine before, after, or while taking the vaccine;
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Will every individual get the COVID 19 vaccine simultaneously?
Frequently Asked Questions About Covid 19 Vaccine
1. Will every individual get the COVID 19 vaccine simultaneously?
Due to the shortage of the vaccine in such a huge quantity to serve the whole nation at once. Vaccination is first given to those who are at a higher risk of getting exposed to COVID. Later everyone is vaccinated in stages.
2. Is it compulsory to get the COVID vaccine?
As of now, the vaccination is a voluntary program. However, it is best suggested to get vaccinated so as to avoid further spread of the disease and also save from oneself.
3. Vaccines are tested and released in a very short span; will the vaccine be safe?
Any vaccine is introduced only after it gets clearance from the regulatory bodies about safety and efficiency.
4. If you are currently infected with COVID, can they be vaccinated?
The chances of spreading the disease are very high if the infected reach the vaccination centre. To avoid this, infected persons should take vaccination only after 14 days from the day the symptoms are resolved.
5. Should a COVID recovered person also take the vaccine?
Yes, irrespective of the history of getting infected, everyone should be vaccinated to improve the immune system.
6. There are various COVID vaccines available, how should and which one should we choose?
Every vaccine is released only after approval from the regulatory bodies and has comparable safety and efficiency. So, you can choose any. But be sure to use the same vaccine throughout the schedule.
7. Are the vaccines introduced in India are comparatively effective with those in other countries?
Yes. Trials by the company and tests by the regulatory board ensure the safety of the vaccine developed.
8. Am I eligible for vaccination, how to know?
Health care workers, frontline warriors are the first priority, followed by the 50+ age group. You’re informed on your phone as you register on the vaccination portal.
9. Is registration with the health department mandatory to get vaccinated?
Yes. Only then the individual receives the information about the vaccine availability and any other information as such.
10. What documents are required for registering with the health department?
Individuals can submit any of the below-listed documents;
- Aadhar Card
- Driving License
- Health Insurance Smart Card
- Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) Job Card
- IDs issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs
- PAN Card
- Bank or PO Passbooks
- Pension Document
- Voter ID
Here are the tips to take care before and after the vaccination assorted separately for before and after getting vaccinated.
Tips To Take Care Before Vaccination
Before taking the vaccine, it is mandatory that every person should register on the health department website. For further details visit mohfw.gov.in.
- Be at least 30 minutes in advance of the vaccination time schedule provided on the website.
- At the vaccination centre everyone must wear a mask, use hand sanitization and maintain physical distance.
- Be sure that the 2nd dose is taken 28 days apart, to complete the vaccination schedule.
- If you have any sickness or under medication, ensure that the details of the same are informed to the vaccine provider.
- If you’ve any history of surgeries or heart problems or any other such major complications, please take the suggestion of your doctor about getting the vaccine.
- Cancel the appointment if you sense any symptoms of COVID.
- Avoid taking the vaccine empty stomach.
- Better to avoid caffeinated drinks, smoking and alcohol consumption.
- If you’re on blood plasma or monoclonal antibodies then you’re not eligible for vaccination.
- Practice a healthy and energetic hygiene diet before getting vaccinated.
Tips To Take Care After COVID Vaccination
- Even post the COVID 19 vaccination, we must ensure all precautions like the usage of masks, hand sanitization and maintain distancing (6 feet).
- The COVID 19 vaccine will be safe and effective but some minor side effects like fever, pain, etc. are being noticed.
- Keep monitoring your bodily changes.
- Take a lot of water.
- Consume fruit juices and a healthy diet that includes a good amount of nutritious food.
- As the vaccine takes time to perform, ensure to stay away from being vaccinated.
- Maintain proper sleep as lack of it may lead to some variations in the immunity process needed for the antibodies to be produced.
Most of the frequently asked questions about covid 19 vaccine can be answered by self and from your doctor. Following the tips before and after the vaccination help ensure safety and improved efficiency.
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