The Health Ministry released a communication regarding side effects of COVID-19 Vaccination. According to the release, mild adverse event following immunisation like headache, fatigue, myalgia (pain in muscle), injection site tenderness, malaise (weakness), pyrexia, chills, arthralgia, and nausea are among the symptoms that may occur following Covisheld vaccination. The release also says that, paracetamol maybe given in these adverse reactions. Some patients could also exhibit demyelinating disease following this vaccination.
For Covaxin, mild adverse events like injection site pain, headache, fatigue, fever, body ache, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, giddiness-dizzyness, tremor, sweating, cold, cough and injection site sweating may occur. The use of chroloquine and corticosteroids may impair antibody response to Covaxin, the release said.
These vaccines are not recommended for those younger than 18 years, lactating mothers women and during pregnancy.
Covid-19 vaccine and other vaccines may be separated by 14 days. Inter-chanegability of vaccine is not permitted and the same vaccine has to be taken twice.
The temporary contraindications are active Covid infection, infected persons who have been given plasma and those acutely unwell and hospitalised due to any illness.
Those with chronic diseases are not contraindicated including renal, metabolic, cardiac, malignancies, pulmonary and neurological.
The Health Ministry has issued this advisory to the states as the vaccination starts from January 16 and states have received the vaccine doses.