We are encouraged by the rollout of safe and effective vaccines, but the truth is simple: No person is safe until all — everyone, everywhere — are safe, and no country is safe until all countries are safe.” – Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Undoubtedly, there is no better way to fight this deadly virus than getting yourself vaccinated. People who are still contemplating whether to take the vaccine or not are indeed living in denial.
Many countries have gone mask-free, only with the power of vaccination. The vaccine in India is now open to all above 18 and is available at most private and government hospitals.
As of today, more than 212 cr. Indians have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Therefore, for all those who are yet to book a vaccine slot, here are nine things that will reduce your anxiety and prepare you well for the day.
For the benefit of most, we have picked up nine most searched questions on the internet and have tried to answer each one: –
Can Two Doses Of Vaccine Be Taken From Two Different Manufacturers?
Although there is a lot of research that is being conducted on this subject, yet there isn’t sufficient clinical evidence to justify this type of interchangeable dose. Thus, as per the WHO guidelines, we must take the second dose from the same manufacturer as you had for the first.
Who Should All Not Take The Vaccine?
If you fall under any of the three below categories, then you must avoid getting vaccinated.
- Individuals who are allergic to pharma products, food allergies, and vaccines must not be allowed to take the jab.
- If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, then you must avoid getting vaccinated.
- Those who have contracted the virus in the last 4 to 8 weeks must also avoid getting vaccinated.
What Should I Eat Before Going For Vaccination?
There isn’t any specific food that you must eat. The best thing is to stick to your usual diet that is nutritious. Having fruits and vegetables can help you boost your immune system and allow the vaccine to work better.
You must not go for vaccination on an empty stomach. This is not a blood test, where you must follow fasting hours. If you eat well before vaccinations, it might help you gain more strength after vaccination. Also, avoid inflammatory food.
Should I Drink Enough Fluids Before Vaccination?
Doctors recommend that staying hydrated before getting vaccinated is very important. Your body is more prepared for the vaccine when it is well hydrated. Therefore, we encourage you to drink juices and soups before and after vaccination to boost your immune system.
Can I Consume Alcohol One Day Before Vaccination?
Alcohol causes dehydration that which could make your body weak. Thus, avoid consuming alcohol before and after vaccination. Another thing that you must avoid is stress. Stress destroys your immune system and makes your body weak right after vaccination. You need a lot of rest, at least for two days after vaccination, so put on some relaxing music and get some good sleep.
What Clothes Should I Wear For Vaccination?
The vaccine injection is administered in the deltoid muscle of your upper arm. Keeping that in mind, choose your clothing such that the upper arms can be easily accessed. Also, avoid wearing tight clothes as you might experience pain in the arm that got the job.
How Long Should I Wait At The Vaccination Center After Getting Vaccinated?
As per the set guidelines, you must stay relaxed at the vaccination center for 30 minutes. During this period, if you experience any adverse health issues or discomfort, inform the doctor at the site immediately. The 30 minutes of put time is kept for monitoring any adverse event following immunization (AEFI).
What Are The Symptoms Post-Vaccination?
Everybody reacts differently to vaccination. Someone might not experience any symptoms, whereas others might experience high fever, pain at the injected area, and body ache. Please do not panic; these side effects are an indication that the vaccine is doing its job. Just as children experience symptoms after any vaccination, you too might experience. Thus, take good rest, keep yourself hydrated and stay stress-free. The post-vaccine symptoms will subside automatically within a day or two.
I Have Taken The Covishield Vaccine – What Should Be The Time Interval For The Second Dose?
For Covishield, the recommended time gap between the first and the second dose is 6 to 8 weeks.
The Final Word:
We hope that we have answered most of your questions regarding vaccination. Book your slot and get yourself and your facility vaccinated immediately. However, even after vaccination of the first dose or even the second dose, you need to follow the Covid appropriate behavior and take care of your immunity. Remember, you can still get infected with the virus; post-vaccination. The vaccine will ensure that the virus does not cause any harm and you experience only mild symptoms. Additionally, you can still infect people after vaccination, so the social distancing norms must never be ignored.
With these few preventive measures, we can one day return to our old free world, perhaps a world without masks and social distancing. However, till then, let’s be safe and follow the norms.
Vaccination for all above the age of 18 is now the mission of every country. In this article, we will answer nine common questions related to vaccination. Vaccination can save lives, so get your queries sorted and secure yourself and your family with the covid-19 vaccine.