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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. Everyone who is above eighteen can now get shots of either the Covaxin by Bharat Biotech or the Covishield by the Serum Institute of India. A third vaccine, the Sputnik V is also set to be available from June. All of the vaccines are administered in two doses.

Amidst the vaccination drive, there has been much doubt and concern over various factors. One of the pertinent questions is whether one can take the COVID-19 vaccine if they have a fever or sore throat. 

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

It is best to observe your fever and sore throat and to get tested if possible. If it is simply a mild cold, there is no harm in taking the vaccine. Slight fever after taking your COVID-19 vaccine dose is also common. It means that your body is reacting well with the vaccine and preparing its defense against the virus. However, just to be on the safe side and if you cannot get tested, wait for at least ten to fourteen days after the onset of your symptoms, to take the vaccine. 

Can I Take the Vaccine If I Have COVID-19?

If you have tested positive, you will have to wait for at least 90 days or roughly, three months before you can take the first shot of the vaccine. Since the vaccines are not 100% effective against the coronavirus, you stand a chance to contract COVID-19 after your first shot. In such a case, you may take the second dose as scheduled but only if your quarantine period is over by then. Also, make sure you do not have any symptoms when you go to get vaccinated.

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

If you suffer from any comorbidities like heart disease or any other terminal or critical disease, it is best to consult your doctor before you go to take the vaccine. You must also inform your vaccinator of the same. You carry a medical certificate stating your comorbidities and signed by a registered medical practitioner when you go to get vaccinated. It is also possible to upload it to 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 stay effective in protecting you. Taking the vaccine significantly reduces the severity of COVID-19 as well as lowers the chances of death from COVID-19. It also reduces the transmissibility of the coronavirus. Therefore, for your safety as well as for everyone around you, you must take the COVID-19 vaccine as and when possible.


If your condition is severe, make sure to contact the doctor as soon as possible. For now, there have not been any severe side effects from the vaccine due to any preexisting condition. However, fever and sore throat is a common symptom of COVID-19 and must not be taken lightly at this time.

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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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