What about the possible side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine will be introduced only when the safety is proven. As is true for other vaccines, the common side effects in some individuals could be mild headaches, pain or swelling at the injection spot, mild fever, and irritability. These side effects should go away in a few days. Get the second dose even if you have side effects from the first shot unless a vaccination provider or your doctor advises you otherwise. States have been asked to start making arrangements to deal with any COVID-19 vaccine-related side effects as one of the measures towards safe vaccine delivery among the masses.
What are the 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.
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.
Which drug should be taken to minimize the adverse effects of this vaccine?
In case of minor adverse effects such as injection site pain, tenderness, malaise, pyrexia, etc., paracetamol may be used to alleviate the symptoms.
Claims on social media suggested that the COVID-19 vaccine could affect female fertility. Is it true?
Rumours or social media posts suggesting that COVID-19 vaccines could cause infertility are not true and totally baseless. None of the available vaccines affects fertility. All vaccines and their constituents are tested first on animals and later in humans to assess if they have any such side effects. Vaccines are authorized for use only after their safety and efficacy is assured. So, stay wary of such rumours and misinformation. Always fact check the information from the Government website.