FAQs on C-19 vaccination: must read

Now that several dry-runs have taken place in several states of the nation, people have questions about the soon-to-begin nationwide vaccination drive

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Last Updated on January 4, 2021 by The Health Master

India’s drug regulatory authorities – on Sunday – approved Covishield – a C-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute, and the indigenously developed vaccine Covaxin which has been the product of hard work of Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech

“After adequate examination, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has decided to accept the recommendations of the Expert Committee and accordingly, vaccines of M/s Serum and M/s Bharat Biotech are being approved for restricted use in an emergency situation,” DCGI Dr V G Somani told a press conference.

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Now that several dry-runs have taken place in several states of the nation, people have questions about the soon-to-begin nationwide vaccination drive. We referred to the absolutely latest inputs on the matter and have brought to you here the most commonly and frequently asked

Q. Will C-19 vaccine be given to everyone simultaneously?

Ans: Government has identified high-risk groups to be vaccinated on priority.
The priority groups in descending order are as follows (the highest priority group on the top):
-Healthcare and frontline workers
-Persons over 50 years of age and/or persons with comorbid conditions
-Subsequently, all those who are not a part of the above group.

Q. The vaccine has been introduced in such a short span of time (as compared to other vaccine-researches). Are there any concerns about its safety?

Ans: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has assured that vaccines will be introduced in the country only after the regulatory bodies clear it, based on its safety and efficacy.

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Q. Is the vaccination of all by C-19 vaccination mandatory?

Ans: Vaccination for C-19 is not compulsory/mandatory. But it is advisable to receive the complete schedule of C-19 vaccine for protecting oneself and to help limit the spread of the disease.

Q. If one has already suffered a C-19 infection and recovered, is the vaccine still necessary?

Ans: It is advisable to take a complete vaccination schedule of the vaccine – no matter what your past history of having infected or not with C-19 and recovery be. The vaccine is meant to help your immune response become stronger.

Q. Should a person who is actively infected with C-19 at time of vaccination schedule, undergo vaccination for C-19?

Ans: A person infected with C-19 at the moment should defer his/her vaccination by 14 days and return after the infection has been beaten. Otherwise, it simply increases the risk of the virus spreading to others present at the vaccination site.

Q. How will I know if I am eligible for vaccination?

Ans: Those eligible for vaccination will be informed through their registered mobile number – about the Health Facility for Vaccination and its scheduled time.

Q. What documents are required for registration of eligible beneficiary?

Ans: Any of the below-mentioned ID with Photo may be produced at the time of registration: 
-Aadhaar/Driving Licence/Voter ID/PAN Card ID/Passport/Job Card of Govt or PSU unit/Pension Document
-Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour
-Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)
-Official ID cards issued to MPs, MLAs, MLCs
-Passbooks issued by Bank/Post Office
-Service Identity Card issued by Central/State Govt/Public Limited Companies

Q. Can a person get the C-19 vaccine without registration?

Ans: No, registration is mandatory for C-19 vaccination. Only after registration will the information on the session site, time etc be shared with the beneficiary.

Q. How will the beneficiary receive information about the due date of vaccination?

Ans: Once a person has registered online, he/she (the beneficiary) will receive an SMS on their mobile about the due date, place and time of vaccination.

Q. Are there any preventive measures and precautions that one needs to follow at the session site?

Ans: You must follow the steps given below:
-Rest at the vaccination centre for at least an hour after taking the C-19 vaccine
Inform the nearest health authorities/ANM/ASHA in case you subsequently feel any discomfort or uneasiness
-Remember to continue C-Appropriate Behaviours like earing of masks, maintaining hand sanitisation and physical distancing (of 6 feet or Do Gaj Doori) even after having taken the vaccine

 Q. How many doses of the vaccine would have to be taken and at what interval(s)?

Ans: Two doses of vaccine, 28 days apart, need to be taken by an individual to complete the prescribed vaccination schedule.

Q. When would antibodies develop after taking the dose?

Ans: Protective levels of antibodies are generally developed two weeks after receiving the second dose of C-19 vaccine.

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