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India’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drive has Begun: All You Need to Know

By ChemistsWorld On 18 Jan 2021

The health ministry of India said on Saturday that close to 200,000 people were vaccinated on the first vaccination day. India launched its Covid-19 vaccination program on Saturday in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus disease in the country. A delightful environment was seen across the country’s hospitals and other healthcare facilities where healthcare and frontline workers received the vaccines.

How the vaccines will work?

Covishield is a made of a weakened and tweaked version of adenovirus, which is a common cold virus. It usually infects chimpanzees and has the same genetic material as the spike protein that is found on the SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19. After vaccination, the surface spike protein is produced, which prepares the immune system to attack the novel coronavirus if needed.

On the other hand, Covaxin is developed using an inactivated vaccine i.e. by killing the viruses that cause disease. Before this, some other vaccines like for Polio, Rabies and Influenza have also been developed using inactivated vaccines to fight against.

Here are some FAQs about COVID vaccines that people always look on Google to know the answers.

Given that both vaccines COVAXIN and Covishiled has been approved by Indian health association, one may get confused which one to take. As these both vaccines have been examined by the drug regulator, they assure complete safety and efficacy. However, you must take the same vaccine in your complete dose as they are not interchangeable.

The vaccine will be first given to people who are at a higher risk of disease and like healthcare and frontline workers and person over 50 years of age and then the person under 50 years with comorbid conditions.

Vaccination for COVID-19 is voluntary as opposed to mandatory. Still, the people are advised to complete a schedule of vaccination.

People who are on medication for cancer, diabetes, and hypertension and so on are considered in the higher risk category and need to take the vaccine.

The dosage for the COVID-19 vaccine is that 2 doses need to be taken, 28 days apart.

Those who are eligible for the vaccine will get informed through their registered mobile number when and where they will get the vaccine. They will also receive an SMS on their mobile to get the due dose of the vaccine.

And at the end, while the safety of the vaccines has been granted, there may be some beneficiaries who can have a mild fever, pain, etc. Although, the government has made arrangements to assure safe vaccination among masses.