What to expect before, during, and after Covid-19 vaccination?

Contributed by Abshar Faheem

After a long wait, the Covid-19 vaccination is now accessible to everyone. Two covid vaccines were sanctioned in India by the DGCI: COVAXIN, and Covishield. On January 16, the first phase of Covid-19 vaccines began across all over the states in India. In the first phase of immunization, vaccines were delivered to the frontline health workers, healthcare professionals, and high-risk patients. 


The first vaccine called Covaxin was developed in collaboration with the ICMR ( Indian Council of Medical Research ) whereas the second one called Covishield was developed by the University of Oxford along with Serum Institute of India and AstraZeneca. Right now, getting a covid-19 vaccination is at the top of everybody’s mind. Therefore, it is quite normal to have questions about what to expect before, during, and after the covid-19 vaccination. 


As per the article published in the Hindu, India is the fastest country to reach 1 million Covid-19 Vaccinations in six days. According to livemint.com, around 37% of 7 million doses were just given in the last seven days. Now you can imagine that there would be lots of questions in the mind of consumers before taking the covid-19 vaccination. In this article, we will discuss what to expect before, during, and after vaccination in detail. 


Before Covid-19 vaccination 


First, check with your doctor whether you really need covid-19 vaccination right now. Because at present, only health workers and high-risk patients are being administered. Research about how the vaccination works and the benefits of covid-19 vaccination. There are two benefits of covid-19 vaccination: you will stay away from covid-19 infection and resist the virus to spread among your contacts. Here are some basic things to keep in mind before you go for the vaccination – 


  • Eat earlier and take sleep properly the night before vaccination. It will help your immune system to work properly during the day. 
  • Stay hydrated before the vaccine.
  • Remember to wear loose clothes so that the vaccinator can easily access your upper arm as the vaccine injects in your big muscle shoulder. 
  • You can also wear a short-sleeved shirt. 
  • Try to avoid alcohol the night before the vaccination.
  • Avoid painkillers unless you take them regularly.


During Covid-19 vaccination 


A time slot and a vaccination center will be allotted to you. The covid-19 vaccination has the same precautions as other vaccinations have. You have to follow all the given guidelines when you go to the vaccination center. Since we are in the middle of a global pandemic so we cannot consider you fully safe until you get the second dose. Here we will discuss some precautions you need to follow during the vaccination. 


  • Follow all the hygiene recommendations
  • Cover your face with a mask
  • Stand at least 6 feet away from others until the time you get vaccinated
  • Follow all the respiratory etiquettes
  • Sanitize your hands and the stuff you are carrying
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. 


After Covid-19 vaccination


You will not be considered fully safe until you take a second dose. You are allowed to take a second vaccine after 28 days. You can talk to your vaccine provider for specific instructions. You may experience some side effects after the first vaccination against covid-19. Some of the common side effects you may experience after vaccination include : 


  • Pain at the injection site
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Swelling in your arm
  • Tiredness


Generally, side effects go away after two days. But if you still experience the side effects after 3 or 4 days, consult with a doctor. We have an excellent article that discusses why it is necessary to maintain precautions even after you recover from Covid-19. We hope you find the article informative and beneficial for yourself. 


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