Covid vaccine FAQs: Is 2nd dose necessary? When should I take it?

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NEW DELHI: Starting April 1, all people above the age of 45 will be eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as the government looks to expand the nationwide inoculation drive.
On Monday, the government had told states to increase the gap between the two doses of Covishield to 4-8 weeks since it will lead to enhanced protection.

With the latest announcements, the government has also updated its list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the vaccination drive.
Here are some of them ...
Is it necessary to take 2nd dose of vaccination?
Yes. It is recommended that both doses of vaccine should be taken for realising the full benefit of vaccination. Both doses must be of the same vaccine type.
When should I take the 2nd dose of vaccination?
It is recommended that the 2nd dose of Covaxin should be administered in the interval of 4 to 6 weeks from the date of 1st dose administration. For Covishield the recommended interval is 4 to 8 weeks. You may choose the date of 2nd dose vaccination as per your convenience.
Will my 2nd dose appointment be automatically scheduled by Co-WIN system?
No. You have to take an appointment for the 2nd dose vaccination. The Co-WIN system will help you book an appointment in a vaccination centre where the same vaccine is being administered as the vaccine type (Covaxin or Covishield) of the 1st dose.
Can I get vaccinated with 2nd dose in a different State/District?
Yes, You can get vaccinated in any state/district. The only restriction is that you will be able to get vaccinated only on those centres which are offering the same vaccine as was administered to you on your first dose.
Can I get vaccination without appointment?
Vaccination centres also provide for a limited number of on-spot registration slots every day. However, fixing an online appointment using Co-WIN portal is recommended to avoid waiting time and queue in the vaccination centre, as in each centre only limited slots are made available for on-spot registration.
What are expected immediate and delayed side effects of this vaccine?
Covishield: Some mild symptoms may occur like injection site tenderness, injection site pain, headache, fatigue, myalgia, malaise, pyrexia, chills and arthralgia, nausea. Very rare events of demyelinating disorders have been reported following vaccination with this vaccine but without the causal relationship establishment.
Covaxin: Some mild symptoms AEFIs may occur like injection site pain, headache, fatigue, fever, body ache, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, dizziness-giddiness, tremor, sweating, cold, cough and injection site swelling. No other vaccine-related serious adverse effects have been reported.
Whom do I contact in case of side effects from vaccination?
You can call on the national helpline ‘1075’ for information and guidance if you experience any side effects post Covid-19 vaccination. You may also contact the vaccination centre where you took vaccination, for advice.
Can I choose the vaccine?
All vaccines being offered are safe. Choice regarding the type of vaccine is currently not available.

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