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NEW DELHI: Phase 3 of the Covid vaccination campaign covering 27 million people over 60 and those over 45 with comorbidities began Monday.
Up to 2,08,791 doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered to people over 60 years of age and to the population over 45 years of age with comorbidities, which raises the total doses administered so far to 1,48,55,073, reported the Ministry of Health.
On Tuesday, the government released answers to questions about the coronavirus vaccination campaign.
Here are all the vaccine related queries answered:
What is the dose schedule for both vaccines?
According to the permission granted by the General Controller of Medicines (India), for Covisheild, the second dose must be administered 4-6 weeks after the first dose and Covaxin must be administered in two dose intervals on day 0 and day 28.
Can I choose the vaccine that I will receive?
The vaccine will be supplied to various parts of India based on availability and distribution plan, beneficiary load and therefore the choice of vaccine option is not currently available.
Which vaccine is better between Covishield and Covaxin?
There is no direct comparison between the two vaccines used in India, so you cannot choose one over the other. Both would work well to prevent infection and prevent a person from entering a serious state of the disease. As a long-term effect, it would prevent the death of the elderly or those with comorbidities.
In how many days will the vaccination create an adequate immune response and protection?
Adequate immune response takes 2-3 weeks after completing the entire vaccination program, that is, after the second dose of Covishield and Covaxin.
The health advisory also states that people with immunity problems should be careful when taking the vaccine. What are the markers for “immunity problems”?
Immune problems are of two types: one, immunosuppression due to any disease like AIDS, and people taking immunosuppressive drugs like cancer drugs, steroids, etc. Second, immunodeficiency in people who suffer from a defect in the body’s protective system, such as congenital immunodeficiency. Currently available COVID vaccines do not have any live viruses and therefore people with immune problems can safely receive the vaccine. But the vaccine may not be as effective for them. The vaccinator should be informed about the medications you are taking and if you have any known immune problems. The vaccinator must have a record of your medical condition. 6.
I had a Covid infection and I was treated, why should I get the vaccine?
The development of immunity or the duration of protection after exposure to Covid-19 has not been established, so it is recommended to receive the dose of the vaccine even after infection by Covid-19. Wait 4 to 8 weeks after recovery from Covid symptoms before receiving the vaccine.
What medications should be avoided before taking the Covid-19 vaccine and for how long?
Currently, there is no such instruction. One can take the usual medication without interruption. Just inform the vaccinator about the medications you take.
Is it important for me to get the same vaccine during the second dose?
Since the vaccines available are not interchangeable, it is important to receive the second dose of the same vaccine as the first. The Co-Win app will also help ensure that everyone receives the same vaccine.
How long will I be protected?
The duration of protection has not yet been established.
Will this require any repeat vaccinations or booster doses after the second dose in the future?
The booster dose requirement has not yet been determined.

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