Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine: Your Questions & Concerns Clarified

All adults will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination across the country from May 1. However, many Indians who already qualify for the vaccine are still holding back. If you still have some last-minute doubts, we clear the air on some common vaccine concerns & questions.

Why should I take the COVID-19 vaccination?

There are 3 compelling reasons to take the shot.

I have comorbidities/existing health problems. Is it safe to take the vaccination?

While having an existing medical condition might make you wary, you would actually stand to benefit even more from the vaccine than someone who doesn’t have an existing health problem.

Both COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for use on those with comorbidities and could significantly cut your risk of severe infection, complications, and mortality from COVID-19. To put your mind at ease, have a word with your doctor to ensure there are no contraindications.

Wouldn’t it be better to wait for better vaccines to come to the market?

Waiting for a “better” vaccine could be a lethal mistake according to the medical community. India is currently experiencing a major spike in cases and these spikes are bound to happen intermittently, as seen overseas as well.

Promptly taking a COVID-19 vaccine that is available to you is your most feasible option right now, to reduce the risk of severe infection or death from the virus.

4. How do I register?

Simply download the COWIN app through which you can register, book appointments for your shots at a centre near you, and generate your vaccination certificate after both shots are done. You will require an Aadhar card to register. Alternatively, healthi can also run point on the entire process for you via your employee wellness program – simply reach out to us.

Which vaccine should I choose?

While more manufacturers will enter the fray soon, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has for now approved Covishield (Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine) from Serum Institute of India and Covaxin produced by Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use.

Both vaccines have shown good efficacy results in trials and reported adverse effects are very few at this point, at par with any other vaccinations we get in our lifetimes.

What side effects can I expect?

Possible side effects from the vaccine include tenderness/pain at the injection site, headache, nausea, fever, fatigue, chills, body ache etc., as commonly seen with any routine vaccination. But not everyone will experience a side effect. Some may have none at all, others may have a couple of mild side effects.

Find more FAQs on the COVID-19 vaccine here!