What happens after you're vaccinated for COVID-19
The year 2021 has been pegged as the year of hope-for obvious reasons. While there continues to be an uptick in the number of coronavirus cases, considerable respite comes in the form of speedy production of COVID-19 vaccines. Simply put, these vaccines in question turbocharge one's immunity, also improving one's efficacy in preventing both mild and severe symptoms of COVID-19. While scores of Indians are pinning their hopes on the country's own COVID-19 vaccines i.e. Covishield and Covaxin; the latter became a subject of scepticism among industry experts who raised concerns over the efficacy of a vaccine that was cleared for emergency use when its trials were still underway. The manufacturer and drug regulator however averred that the vaccine was a safe and viable option that reportedly turbo-charges one's immunity against the deadly virus.
With a spate of COVID 19 vaccine trials - albeit hurriedly - having been underway, there's indeed hope for cure. At present, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SKBio (for emergency use) have made the cut, with several others like Russia's Sputnik V Covid in the pipeline awaiting approval. On the other hand, Covishield proved to be effective enough to bring forth an efficacy rate of 90 percent, when the vaccine was administered and availed as two doses-first being half a dose, followed by a full second dose. Despite the results; medical researchers were divided on whether it was really as effective as it was being made out to be. For instance, Serum Institute (SII), the Indian makers of the vaccine, maintained that Covishield's high efficacy rate can be evidenced in the phase III trial data from Brazil and the United Kingdom. However, the patients' rights group, All India Drug Action Network, believes the COVID-19 vaccine in question has been given approval largely because the manufacturer is yet to do an incisive study of the vaccine's effectiveness.
Right from the outset, however, experts have cautioned against the common Covid 19 side effects. Side-effects and doubts pertaining to the effectiveness of the COVID 19 vaccine are truths we need to come to terms with.
What happens after you're vaccinated:
Common side effects and tips after taking the coronavirus vaccine: While instances of acute pain haven't yet been written about at large, it is common to experience mild bouts of pain and swelling on the arm where you've gotten the coronavirus vaccine shot. It is also normal to experience fever, chills, tiredness and headache in your body for a short period, fresh from a couple of days upon getting vaccinated. That said, if the pain persists or gets in the way of your regular functioning, it is advisable to consult a physician at the earliest. Over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines, or acetaminophen have proven to offer relief from the temporary Covid 19 vaccine side effects. Keeping yourself hydrated, heating store bought/ home delivered food and sanitizing your surroundings on a regular basis are recommended as you get back to your normal way of being post vaccination.
All about scheduling the second shot of Covid 19 Vaccine: Ideally, two shots are required to get optimum protection from the virus. The time gap between two vaccine shots is largely dependent on the vaccine you've received. For instance, Pfizer-BioNTech requires a gap of three weeks or 21 days before getting the second shot. Moderna, on the other hand, requires a much longer period - one month - after getting the first shot. Although timelines have been published for the second dose of vaccination, there is still research being done to determine optimum efficacy.
Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine: With a lot being written about, it's normal to feel apprehensive about getting yourself vaccinated. But, in times like these, when safety has got to be your first priority, it only makes sense to get yourself checked, and opt for the COVID-19 vaccine. The benefits of getting COVID-19 are aplenty.
COVID 19 vaccine benefits include immunising yourself from contracting the virus, and spreading it. The vaccines are made to go through various rounds of approval before it hits the shelves, so apart from its high efficacy rate, a COVID-19 vaccine - can help yourself from falling grievously ill even if you happen to contract the viral infection.
Getting yourself vaccinated also does a great deal of good to those around you - Family, co-workers and people who generally come in close contact with you.
On 24th Jan 2021, the Kosmoderma team availed the first dose of Covishield vaccine at our Indiranagar Clinic. The dosages bore no adverse effects on any of the team members, albeit a volley of members reportedly experienced mild bouts of body pain and fever after getting the vaccine shot. The second dose was slated for 24th Feb 2020. Some of the biggest takeaways from getting vaccinated included:
1. Being able to get vaccinated under medical quota
2. Experiencing a multitude of emotions as our team members were the first few in the country to get vaccinated. The feeling of exclusivity, in all honesty, made the entire process worthwhile.
3. The entire vaccination process was conducted in tandem with the BBMP protocols & WHO guidelines
4. We would like to extend sincere gratitude to the government of India and the honourable Prime Minister for this opportunity, and the streamlined functioning of the entire process.
Here are a bunch of testimonials from Team Kosmoderma...
"Although I was a little hesitant to take the vaccine initially, knowing the importance of getting vaccinated, I got my vaccines from Kosmoderma. My vitals were checked and I was asked a few questions about my health - whether I've been tested for COVID positive in the last two weeks, if I'm sick ,had a fever or any allergic conditions etc. I was monitored for 30 minutes after I was vaccinated for any allergic reactions. I didn't experience any body aches, fever except slight swelling around the vaccinated area for a few days. I got both of my vaccines with a time gap of 28 days"
-Khadir Pasha, Center Manager, Kosmoderma Clinics
"I was little sceptical about the covid-19 vaccine with all the rumours going around, family was reluctant on me getting the vaccination, but as a doctor I have to believe in science and motivate people to get the vaccination done with Dr.Chytra's guidance and support I, got my vaccination from kosmoderma.
All the instructions from BBMP were well followed, my vitals were checked and all the basic details were taken. A questionnaire was given to understand my physical status, any allergies, any infections 2 week before and my exposure to covid-19.The injection was administered by an experienced nurse, I was monitored for 30 minutes to check for changes with vitals or any allergic reaction. After the vaccination I got back to work. That day I had a mild bodyache , chills and swelling on the injection site. My second dose is also done and I am perfectly alright, thanks to Kosmoderma & the Covishield vaccination"
-Dr Akhila Husne, Consultant Dermatologist & Cosmetologist, Kosmoderma Clinics
"I chose to get vaccinated because I believe it will help me better in protecting me, my family and my Patients. I trust the vaccine as it protects my health and gives me confidence. In addition to it, wearing masks ,social distancing and hand washing will be my New Norm. After getting vaccinated I had no side effects other than fatigue and I was normal within a day. Thank you Dr Chytra V Anand and Kosmoderma"
-Dr Rashmi Karanth, Consultant Dermatologist & Cosmetologist, Kosmoderma Clinics
Dr. Akhila Husne
Dr. Rashmi Karanth
Covid 19 Vaccine benefits: There continues to be ongoing research on the benefits of COVID-19 vaccine. Recent reports have suggested that getting vaccinated largely immunizes oneself - for a period of at least 90 days - from getting re-infected by the virus.
What needs to be noted is one of the first and foremost COVID 19 vaccine benefits is the fact that currently the shield helps us combat the pandemic. While it's imperative to wear masks, sanitise and practise social distancing, the following measures aren't enough. Vaccines function at a much deeper level - they turbocharge your immunity, hence providing protection from the disease from within.
The accurate picture of COVID 19 vaccine India: There's a considerable amount of fear pertaining to the safety of getting vaccinated, in the country. While the fears are legit to a certain degree, what needs to be noted is that vaccines are developed and approved only after going through multiple routine processes and procedures. Hence, getting yourself a COVID-19 vaccine is a great way to adapt to the new normal while practising adequate caution. COVID Vaccine treatment must be viewed as a mandatory option, as opposed to a concept that is only related to the aged or those with a lower immunity. Unless the majority of the country agrees and adapts to the needs of the changing times i.e. COVID 19 Vaccine India, with due focus on COVID vaccine treatment, combating the viral outbreak will be a challenge.
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