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Can I Take The COVID-19 Vaccine If I Have Fever Or Sore Throat?

Published On May 23, 2021 11:00 AM By InsuranceDekho

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available in India in one of the largest vaccination drives in the world. Both Bharat Biotech's Cowaxin and the Serum Institute of India's Covishield are now available for injection to anyone above the age of eighteen. Amidst the vaccination drive, there has been much doubt and concern over various factors. Is it safe to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if one has a fever or sore throat? This was one of the pertinent questions.

Can I Take the COVID-19 Vaccine If I Have Fever or Sore Throat?

If your test results are positive, you will need to wait for at least 90 days, or around three months, before taking your first shot of the vaccine. However, there is a possibility of getting COVID-19 after your first injection since the coronavirus is not entirely protected by immunizations. So, if your quarantine period has ended, it is recommended to take your second dose of vaccine as scheduled. Additionally, before going to get vaccinated, make sure you don't exhibit any symptoms.

Should I Take COVID-19 Vaccine If I Have Any Pre-Existing Medical Condition?

It is best to see your doctor before receiving the vaccine if you have any chronic conditions, such as heart disease or any other serious or terminal illness. You must also let your vaccine provider know about this. While going for vaccination, take all your medical documents with you that list your diseases. The documents taken by you at the time of vaccination must be certified by an authorized medical professional. Additionally, you can also post it on the  Cowin portal.

Do I Need the Vaccine if I Already Have Recovered From COVID-19?

Yes, it is important to take the vaccine even if you have recovered from COVID-19. Although the infection does make your body produce antigens, it is not known how long they remain effective in protecting you. Taking the vaccine significantly reduces the severity of COVID-19 as well as lowers the chances of death from the disease. It also reduces the transmissibility of the coronavirus. Hence, you must get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible for your own safety and the safety of those around you.


As of now, no severe side effects from the vaccine have been reported due to any pre-existing conditions. However, fever and sore throat are common COVID-19 symptoms, and they should not be ignored at this point. In the case of severe illness, contact the doctor as early as possible.

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Disclaimer: This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.

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