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Covid-19 vaccination drive in India: Do’s, don’ts and possible side effects

Covid-19 vaccination drive in India

As world’s largest vaccination drive began in India on January 16, the Centre released a fact sheet stating all do’s, don’ts and possible side effects of the two vaccines — Covishield and Covaxin — approved for the emergency use in December.

The mega vaccination drive has already kicked off across with India with over 3.8 lakh people inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine so far. Besides, 580 adverse events following immunisation were reported in the country and two out of seven people who developed severe adverse symptoms after receiving the first jab died.

In December, India had approved two vaccines for emergency use — first, Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and second Covishield from the Oxford/AstraZeneca stable and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

After Day 1 of the vaccination drive, doubts were raised whether getting vaccinated is a good choice over having natural anti-bodies (attained after being infected with Covid-19).

Meanwhile, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria, as well as Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, urged people to come out and get a jab, saying that any vaccine or medicine has side effects but that of the Covid vaccines is not quite serious and can be treated with effectively.

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