So far more than 1.63 crore people have received a Covid-19 vaccine in India – Some recipients have reported side-effects or mild illness. There have been cases of deaths across India shortly after taking the jab. However, it is not proved if the deaths are related to the coronavirus vaccine.
A total of 17,407 infections were reported in a day. The death toll increased to 1,57,435 with 89 daily new fatalities.
Here’s what you need to do before and after getting vaccinated.
Ahead of vaccination, the beneficiary must eat well and take medicines, if prescribed by the doctor. The person should try to remain relaxed. People with diabetes or blood pressure need to keep these in check. Cancer patients, especially those on chemotherapy, must act on medical advice.
For those who are allergic to the medication, or drugs, it is important to get an all-clear from a medical practitioner. A complete blood count (CBC), C-reactive protein (CRP), or Immunoglobulin-E (IgE) levels can be checked under medical advice.
It is highly advisable to immediately take the vaccination if the person has received blood plasma or monoclonal antibodies as part of Covid-19 treatment, or has been infected in the last one and a half months.
The beneficiary is monitored at the vaccine centre itself to prevent any immediate severe allergic reaction. They will be allowed to leave only after it has been ascertained that they are in good condition.
Side effects like body pain and fever are common. Some other side effects like chills and fatigue might also be expected, but these go away in a few days.
Vaccines help our immune system to identify and fight an external threat — in this case, the virus that causes Covid-19. It typically takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus.
Basic precautionary measures must be followed even after vaccination – Face masks, hand hygiene, and physical distancing in public places must not be abandoned just because a vaccine has been taken. Cough/sneeze etiquette also needs to be followed.