Covid – 19 Vaccination FAQ’s
Can a person who was infected with COVID-19 take the vaccine?
Yes after 90 days of recovery of the infection.
Should a patient who is diagnosed with Covid-19 shortly after the first dose still receive the second scheduled dose?
People with current infection should wait until they have recovered from the acute illness and are eligible to discontinue isolation and then may be able to proceed with their scheduled second shot (ID physician should be consulted)
What are the conditions in which one should delay/avoid Covid Vaccine?
- Fever or active Covid-19 or any other infection (wait till it resolves)
- Age group >60years (consult ID physician)
- History of severe allergy to any other vaccines, oral medications, food, pets, insect stings, latex, or environmental irritants like pollen or dust but inform your vaccinator beforehand so that emergency allergy/anaphylaxis management is on standby)
- Pregnant females (vaccine can be offered on risk to benefit ratio)
- Lactating mothers
- Immunodeficiency disease
- Use of immunosuppressive medicines or high dose steroids (consider delaying or holding drugs on case to case basis in order to vaccinate)
Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying medical condition?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, or obesity.
I took a different COVID-19 vaccine recently, is it safe to take another COVID-19 vaccine?
If 2nd dose is indicated, same vaccine brand should be used that was used for 1st dose.
If someone has been vaccinated with other vaccine(s) recently (like flu vaccine etc.), is it safe to take the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, but you need to wait for at least 14 days after the flu vaccine in order to be able to take the COVID-19 vaccine
How many doses of vaccine are recommended?
- There are different types of Covid vaccines available
- One of them comprises of 2 doses, taken separately 14-30 days apart, depending on type of vaccine being used. While other vaccine needs only 1 dose. Check with your vaccination center, doctor or pharmacist for exact requirement in your case.
- Never miss appointment for the second dose as per the stipulated time.
How is vaccine administered?
The vaccine is given in the muscle of the upper arm. If this is your 1st dose, wait for 30min after administration in the healthcare facility, in order to observe for any allergic reactions.
What do I do if there are side effects?
- Take paracetamol as needed for pain/fever, keep hydrated and take rest if need be.
- Use a cold compress to relieve pain at the injection site.
- If your symptoms persist for longer than expected or become severe, despite the use of Paracetamol, consult doctor
Are covid-19 Vaccines safe?
All the COVID-19 vaccines being used have gone through proper clinical studies and trials in humans, to ensure they are as safe as possible.
Can I stop wearing a facemask after taking the COVID-19 vaccine?
No, you still need to keep wearing the facemask and you must follow all precautionary measures unless there is another official instruction or announcement from the health authorities in this regard.
How can I know that I am safe after getting covid-19 vaccine?
Get your Covid-19 spike protein test to assess immunization level and for re-vaccination
Can I still get Covid infection after vaccine?
It typically takes a few weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. That means it is possible a person could still get COVID-19 just after vaccination. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection
What advice should be provided to patients who believe it is better to wait for “herd immunity” to protect them?
There are 2 main reasons to recommend getting vaccinated over waiting. The first is that immunization protects the individual from Covid-19, which is a potentially lifethreatening disease. The second reason to advocate for an individual to receive the vaccine is that it will protect others.