Cowin Phase 2.0: What to expect and the possible side effects
On 1st March, Phase 2 of the vaccination drive against the coronavirus begun. In this phase, people aged above 60 and those above 45 with comorbidities are being vaccinated.
Right now, the list of comorbidities covered right now includes the ones who have one of these conditions:
1) Heart failure with hospitalization in the past year
2) Cancer diagnosis/treatment in the last 2 years
We have already covered how to register yourself in the vaccination process. And as of now, over 25 lakh people registered for vaccination on the first day on the CoWin portal, according to the Centre.
Although, the government has assured the citizens that the vaccines used in this campaign are safe but warns about certain symptoms associated with it. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took the Covaxin shot by Bharat Biotech. The other vaccine being used in this campaign is Covishield by Serum Institute of India.
Both the companies have uploaded the possible side-effects on their websites, as well as who can take part in the vaccination campaign.
According to the Serum Institute of India,
1) Those who have ever had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) after taking any drug, food, vaccine, or any ingredients of the vaccine must avoid the drug.
2) Those who have a fever, have a bleeding disorder, or are on a blood thinner.
3) Immunocompromised people or those who are on a medicine that affects the immune system must not take the vaccine.
4) Pregnant women or someone who plans to become pregnant, breastfeeding mothers must skip the vaccine.
5) People who have taken another anti-Covid vaccine should not take Covishield.
6) People who had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine must also avoid taking the drug.
As for the side-effects, most of them are either mild or moderate and go away after a while by themselves, but some severe allergic reactions and other complications are also seen, albeit in a fewer number of people.
The common side effects include tenderness, pain, warmth, redness, itching, swelling, bruising, or a lump around the area where the shot is given. Apart from it, people have reported feeling fatigued, getting chills, headache, nausea, joint pain, muscle ache, as well as flu-like symptoms which can range from a high temperature to a sore throat, cough, and runny nose.
Some uncommon side effects are feeling dizzy, decreased appetite, stomach pain, excessive sweating, itchy skin, enlarged lymph nodes. Although these symptoms are not present in the majority, you should also take note of it. But all of this is normal and should not deter you from taking the vaccination as the benefits of being vaccinated outweighs its risks!