HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AFTER YOU GET VACCINATED
WHAT DOES FULLY VACCINATION MEAN?
When you get jabbed by any of the vaccines available once, it means that you have got the first shot of that vaccine. You need to wait for a few days to get the second shot of the same vaccine. You will be informed about your second dose of the vaccine via SMS alerts. Once you get both the shots of any covid vaccine you are now being called a fully vaccinated person. But even after getting fully vaccinated, you need to be cautious and have to observe & follow certain guidelines so that you can protect the others too.
THE OTHER SIDE:
After being vaccinated, some side effects are normal and expectedly observable too. Side effects are a sign that your body is building immune protection against the virus.
Some common side effects observed with COVID-19 vaccines include:
- Pain, swelling, and redness on the arm where you have received the vaccine,
- Chills or mild fever,
- Tiredness or dizziness,
- Joint pain or muscle ache,
- Some uneasiness or retch too may occur.
These side effects typically go away within 2-3 days. And you just need to be cautious about your diet.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AFTER VACCINATION?
Here are some tips to follow :
- After vaccination, stay seated at the vaccination center for 15-30 minutes. There the health workers will monitor you for immediate reactions. Report immediately if you feel dizzy or have nausea, vomiting, or any allergic reaction.
- Drink plenty of fluids/water and keep your body hydrated after the vaccine dose.
- Avoid consuming alcohol or smoking in any case.
- Sooth your arm. You can place a cool or wet washcloth/towel on the area.
- Swing your vaccinated arm in case of some inflammation to keep it calm.
Be prepared for some minor side effects as your body builds immune protection or antibodies are being created inside your body. These may go away in 2-3 days. The side effects have already been mentioned above. Take paracetamol if you have any of the side effects. If they last for more than a week, consult your doctor or any covid specialist immediately. Wear light clothes to keep things calm.
Download your vaccination certificate, mark your calendar for the second dose of the vaccine, and schedule an appointment for the same. After the second dose of the vaccine, you may experience similar symptoms seen after getting the first dose. If the side effects persist for more than 2 days, call your doctor or on the covid helpline.
Remember that the antibodies that are developed after the second dose of the same vaccine will reach a protective level after 15 days. Hence, be cautious and do not relax the preventive measures at any cost.
If you wish to take any other vaccine for a different medical condition, maintain a gap of at least 14 days after taking the Covid-19 vaccine. It is very important to discuss with your doctor if you have been on immunosuppressants, such as methotrexate. Your doctor may put the medication on hold for two weeks after the Covid-19 vaccine.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!
After all, just take care of yourself because this is what we all need to. If you experience any of the side effects. Just don’t worry as these may affect your ability to do daily activities for a few days. Some people may develop fever, muscle pain, and swelling, redness, itchiness, pain, or a tingling sensation at the site of injection, for 1-2 days.
- Make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids, maybe water or juice.
- You can take some paracetamol (only after the approval of your doctor) to help ease any of these sensations. If you will make sure that you are following the dosage instructions from the pharmacist or provider, you will get fine very soon.
- If your symptoms become more severe or last longer than a week, tell the health workers who jabbed the vaccine on your hand.
- Continue to protect yourself and others by following these simple tips:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer as often as you can.
- Keep at least a 1-meter distance between yourself and others and if you are seeing anyone having any symptoms in your surrounding, kindly keep a 3 meters distance from them.
- Meeting people in well-ventilated, or outdoor spaces, or you can avoid meeting if not necessary and can meet them online.
- Wearing a good quality mask when you can’t keep your distance from others, or are inside a public space.
This is especially very important until two weeks are not done after your second vaccination as, during this period, your body is still building protection against the coronavirus.
Remember that the vaccine is merely a small hole or a kind of a prick. Try to overcome your nervousness and anxiety while getting jabbed or injected. Collect your certificate of vaccination or download it from the Co-Win site. Be a responsible citizen, and get vaccinated when your turn comes because only together we can conquer this pandemic.
Although you have received both doses of any Covid-19 vaccine, remember to take all sorts of preventive measures, especially in public places. Remember that vaccination does not ensure complete immunity. So continue wearing masks, follow social distancing and follow safe hygiene practices for self-protection and prevent virus transmission. Take both doses as per the schedule and encourage other people and your family to get vaccinated. Stay safe, stay strong, and get vaccinated!!
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