The pandemic has brought about a lot of changes and impacted your personal and social lives during the last year. However, the good news is that vaccines are available to a large majority of the public now, offering one of the safest ways out of the pandemic.
All necessary steps are being taken to vaccinate the citizens and reduce the spread of COVID-19. With the vaccination drive happening in full swing now, individuals are still doubtful about taking the vaccine and are having a lot of questions regarding their eligibility for getting vaccinated.
Here’s an attempt to answer the common questions asked regarding who can take the vaccine and when.
- If you are COVID-19 positive - 3 months (90 days) after complete recovery
- If you tested COVID-19 positive after taking the first dose of any COVID-19 vaccine - Wait for a period of 8 weeks (56 days) before taking your second shot
- If you tested COVID-19 positive after taking the first dose of any vaccine and received monoclonal antibodies or plasma therapy - Wait for 3 months (90 days) after clinical recovery or from the date of hospital discharge
- If you have undergone recent surgery or have been admitted to the ICU - Delay your vaccination until complete recovery and follow your doctor’s instructions
- If you have taken the first dose of the Covishield vaccine - Anywhere between 12 to 16 weeks (84 to 112 days) after the first dose
- If you have taken the first dose of the Covaxin vaccine - Anywhere between 4 to 6 weeks (28 to 42 days) after the first dose
- If you are lactating - Safe for lactating mothers
- If you are suffering from fever or other mild illness - 10 to 14 days after complete recovery
- If you want to donate blood - Wait for a period of 28 days if you are infected with COVID-19 and for a period of 15 days after your first or second dose of vaccination
The COVID-19 vaccines that are on the market are not experimental and they have gone through the necessary stages of clinical trials to ensure their safety and efficacy in humans.
Therefore, vaccination is safe for you and your family and will help pave the path to pre-pandemic times.
Get vaccinated and stay safe!
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