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    From who gets it, side effects to what it will cost, all your questions on India's Covid vaccination drive answered


    For now, health experts and industry specialists are confident the initial phase will be relatively well managed. The real test will come as India widens its vaccination net.

    World’s largest Covid vaccination campaign: Here is all you need to know
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched one of the largest coronavirus vaccination drives. At hospitals and vaccination centers across major Indian cities — from Mumbai to New Delhi — tens of thousands of key front-line workers are lined up to receive and administer the first vaccines - Covishield and Covaxin- across a nation of more than 1.3 billion people.

    For now, health experts and industry specialists are confident the initial phase will be relatively well managed. The real test will come as India widens its vaccination net. Here's what you need to know about the mother of all vaccination drives.

    Who are being vaccinated first?
    Healthcare workers, then frontline workers. This will be followed by those over 50 years of age and persons under 50 years with comorbid conditions. People will receive two dosage of the vaccine in a gap of 28 days. The priority group of above 50 years may be further subdivided into those above 60 years of age and those between 50 and 60 years. They will be identified on the basis of the latest electoral roll.

    Are there any follow-ups?
    Healthcare workers getting Covaxin will be signing an informed consent form. The same will not be mandatory for those administered with Serum Institute of India’s Covishield. In case of Covaxin, there will be active follow-up and a doctor would be calling you every 2 days clearly asking you if you have fever or rashes. Eleven states have agreed to administer Covaxin, dedicating six vaccination centres each for the purpose. Of these, five are opposition-ruled states.

    Where can I get the vaccine?
    You will have to register for Covid-19 vaccine through the Co-WIN app. It has not been released yet and the government has urged people to be wary of any fraudulent apps with similar names that may exist on different platforms. Among the documents needed to get a shot include voter card, Aadhaar, driving license.

    How many doses of the vaccine will a person need?
    Two doses of vaccine, 28 days apart. This applies to both Covishield and Covaxin vaccines. The vaccination is voluntary but you will not get to choose.

    What are the side-effects?
    Some may get mild fever and pain where they've been injected. In case of Covishield, other mild side-effects could include headache, fatigue, deep muscle pain, malaise, fever, chills and joint pain and nausea. Mild side-effects of Covaxin include pain and swelling where injected, headache, fatigue, fever, body ache, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, dizziness-giddiness, tremor, sweating, cold and cough.


    What if the vaccine I get makes me really sick?
    Vaccine makers will be held liable for any mishaps. The government's purchase order with vaccine makers clearly says that companies will be liable for all adversities

    When will antibodies develop after I get the vaccine?
    Protective levels of antibodies are generally developed two weeks after receiving the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine, according to the health ministry.

    What is the cost like?
    The government procurement price is of Rs 200 per dose for Covishield, manufactured by Serum Institute. Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is priced at Rs 295 per dose.
    ( Originally published on Jan 16, 2021 )
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    12 Comments on this Story

    Ajay Bhatia42 days ago
    100% Agreed with Mr Jasnoor Singh. ð ð ð
    Subimal Kar42 days ago
    I think it is not a political issue.Every Indian should feel himself proud and as a volunteer for getting vaccinated for eradicating corona virus from the whole world.
    This is real humanity.
    Mat Flexiold42 days ago
    Like in UK & US, our central leaders should have come forward first to take the shots. Rest could have followed them without reservations.
    Right now the masses have many questions and doubts about these vaccines.
    The PM should lead the campaign not digitally but physically.
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