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Important Dos and Don’ts for the COVID-19 Vaccine

19th April 2021 8min read 261 views

The coronavirus pandemic turned our lives upside down. But, with the commencement of India’s vaccine drive, it finally looks like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. All eligible citizens can visit their nearest vaccination centres to get their vaccine and protect themselves. Understandably, many people have questions about the vaccines and vaccination process. Here’s a look at all the crucial information you need to know before getting vaccinated.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) fast-tracked the development of coronavirus vaccines while maintaining integrity at every step of the way. The WHO has a panel of experts that analyse the results of the clinical trials for every vaccine. After the analysis, they recommend how a vaccine should be used and approve it. The panel has approved the Serum Institute of India’s Covishield. India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) approved the emergency use of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin in the country The WHO's Director-General and other officials have backed the call to greenlight Covaxin as soon as possible. Both vaccines are considered safe, with over 858 lakh doses already administered to citizens.

Getting an Appointment

The Government of India is rolling the vaccine out in phases. Once you become eligible, you must register on the Co-WIN platform or via the Arogya Setu smartphone app. You need to enter your contact number, aadhaar number and date of birth. Once you have provided your details, your registration on the platform is complete. You can then schedule an appointment with ease. Enter your location PIN code to find approved vaccination centres near you and book your appointment. You can also get your vaccine without a prior booking. Carry valid ID proof, like your aadhaar card, head to the nearest centre and ask for the vaccine. After getting the first dose, you must take the second dose within the stipulated time. For Covaxin, the time between doses is 4 to 6 weeks. For Covishield, it's 6 to 8 weeks.

Pre-Vaccine Dos

  • Check with your doctor if you can get the vaccine based on your medical history.
  • Make sure you are not allergic to any of the elements used in the vaccine.
  • Eat properly and take your regular medicines before heading to the centre.

Pre-Vaccine Don’ts

Currently, some individuals are advised not to take the COVID-19 vaccine. You shouldn’t take the vaccine if you:

  • Are pregnant, lactating or breastfeeding
  • Are allergic to the contents of the vaccine
  • Are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Received blood plasma or antibody treatment for COVID-19 in the last 45 days
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 45 days

Post-Vaccine Dos

  • Follow the instructions of the healthcare workers
  • Stay at the centre for observation as required
  • Take the medications, if any, provided by the vaccination centre
  • Avoid heavy exercise for the next 48 hours

Post-Vaccine Don’ts

  • Stop wearing your mask
  • Stop sanitising or washing your hands frequently
  • Stop maintaining social distance

After receiving both doses, it will still take 15-21 days for you to develop antibodies. So, you can still get infected with COVID-19 during this time. Since the vaccines are not 100% effective, a vaccinated individual may still contract the virus. But the vaccine will significantly reduce the severity of symptoms, making it easier for healthcare workers to help treat patients.

Vaccine Side Effects

Some people experience mild side effects after they get their vaccine. Here’s a look at some common side effects that you can expect:

  • Slight discomfort or redness at the injection site
  • Low fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches

Ideally, the side effects will not last for more than a few hours. If you experience anything severe, contact your doctor immediately.


Getting the coronavirus vaccine is the best way for all of us to slow the spread of the virus. When you’re eligible, make sure you check with your doctor and register. Even after you get both your shots, you must continue to wear a face mask, practice social distancing and maintain good hand hygiene. You should also ensure that your health insurance plan will cover the cost of treating COVID-19. By following these important steps, we can all flatten the curve and beat the virus.

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