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COVID-19 Vaccine: What To Do About Side Effects?

Updated On Jul 04, 2021

Currently, in India, there are three vaccines that are being given out against COVID-19. The Covaxin, by Bharat Biotech, the Covishield by Serum Institute of India and the Sputnik V from Russia being distributed by Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. Side effects are a common concern that might be plaguing your mind. There have not been any severe cases of side effects from the vaccines themselves. However, it has been recently stated that there is a small chance of mild blood clotting after taking the Covishield.

Dosage of the COVID-19 Vaccines

All three of the vaccines are administered in two doses. The Covaxin needs to be taken at four to six weeks apart while the Covishield can be taken within twelve to sixteen weeks right now. The two doses of Sputnik V have to be taken 21 days apart. It is important to look out for any side effects from the first dose itself.

Common Side Effects of the COVID-19 Vaccines

There are some side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine as they are quite strong in nature. Usually, they are not a cause for concern because they indicate that the vaccine is triggering an immune response from your body and is working towards training your system against the live coronavirus. The following are some of these common side effects:

  • Swelling, tenderness, warmth, itching, swelling redness and pain at the vaccination spot
  • Lump at the injection site
  • Stiffness and weakness in the injection arm
  • Chills and fever
  • Body ache
  • Malaise
  • Rashes
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Joint and muscle pain

However, it is still advisable to observe such symptoms. You may also face flu-like symptoms of cough, cold, and fever. They are supposed to be temporary. So, if you feel they are causing you too much trouble, it is important to monitor yourself as these are also common symptoms of COVID-19. Although the vaccines provide you protection against the coronavirus, there are still chances of you getting infected.

Side Effects Due to Existing Medical Conditions

If you have any comorbidities or a history of reacting badly with strong vaccines, you should consult a doctor before you take the vaccine. The government has listed a number of medical conditions. When you go to take the vaccine, make sure to inform the concerned personnel of your conditions. If you take blood-thinning medication, especially on a regular basis, make sure to get a consultation as well as inform the doctor administering the vaccine.

For those who have COVID-19, it is required that they wait 90 days after recovery, to take the vaccines. Everyone who is above 18 years of age can register for the vaccine on the various government portals available.

What To Do about Severe Side Effects?

It is advisable that you closely observe yourself after getting vaccinated, both after the first and the second dose. If you feel extreme discomfort, you can inform the authorities at the helpline number (+91) 11-23978046. You should also try and contact a doctor as soon as possible, especially your regular doctor if you require regular medical attention and then proceed according to their instructions. Remote consultation is available at various hospitals as well as online facilities as most hospitals are housing COVID-19 patients.

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Is The Covid Vaccine Safe In The Long Term?


The vaccine is one of our only available defenses against the COVID-19 pandemic currently. It is important to get vaccinated as soon as possible, and take all precautions as instructed and necessary. There have been hardly any reports of severe side effects so it might not be a huge cause of concern as of now.

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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