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Information about COVID-19 Vaccination

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Eligibility:

Who can take the vaccine?

This is in accordance with the current guidelines given by the governmental agencies.

  • People above the age of 18 years are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People who have registered on the Cowin portal.
  • Only the second dose is being administered for the time being.

Who should NOT take Covid19 Vaccine?

  1. Persons who have experienced any of the following in the past:
    • Serious allergic reaction (which needed emergency medical attention) to a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Immediate or delayed-onset serious allergic reaction (which needed emergency medical attention) to other vaccines or injectable therapies, pharmaceutical products, food items, etc.
  2. Pregnancy:
    • Pregnant women or women who are not sure of their pregnancy should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  3. Situations when Vaccination must be postponed:
  4. COVID-19 vaccination is to be deferred for 3 months after recovery
    • Persons having active symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
    • COVID-19 patients who have been given anticovid monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma therapy.
    • Acutely unwell and hospitalized (with or without intensive care) patients due to any illness.

When in doubt please consult your treating doctor for a better understanding for taking a decision on vaccination.

How To Register To Get The Vaccine At Star Hospitals:

  1. Visit cowin.gov.in and click on Register/Sign in yourself

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  3. Enter your mobile number to receive an OTP

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  5. Enter Your OTP

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  7. You can add members of your family by clicking on “ + Add Member “

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  9. Enter your details and register, you can add upto 4 members under one mobile number login.

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  11. Once registered, click on the schedule button.

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  13. Enter pincode 500034 and search.

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  15. Select Star Hospital site1 or Star Hospital site2 and select the available slot.

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  17. Visit the center on your registered date to get your vaccine.

Guidelines:

Do’s

  • Register yourself on the Cowin portal and only then come in for the process.
  • Carry your ID proof when going to get vaccinated.
  • Consult your doctor if you’re taking any medication or have any underlying disease before taking the vaccine
  • Inform the staff if you're taking any medication or if you're pregnant.
  • Carry your medical records in case of any illness.
  • If you’re unwell prior to your vaccination date, consult your doctor on whether you should go ahead with the procedure.
  • Stay hydrated and well-rested before your appointment.
  • Maintain social distancing and wear a mask even at the vaccination center.

Don’ts

  • Be impatient with your vaccination process
  • Walk-in without having an appointment.
  • Stress yourself before or after the vaccination.
  • Stop wearing a mask just because you got vaccinated, you can still carry the virus.
  • Consume alcohol or any other intoxicant on the day of vaccination.
  • Get vaccinated if you're unwell or are currently Covid-19 positive.

Post- Vaccine Care:

  • Wait at the vaccination center for at least 30 minutes and allow the medical staff to monitor you for any side effects.
  • In case of any side effects, don’t panic.
  • Don’t consume alcohol and oily foods for 3-4 days after the procedure.
  • Avoid any heavy, strenuous activities for 3-4 days after the procedure.
  • Avoid smoking for 3-4 days after the procedure.
  • Avoid heavy exercises and workouts.
  • Continue wearing the mask and practice social distancing.
  • Drink plenty of water and place a clean wet cloth on the spot that you get injected.
  • Headache, fever, chills, fatigue, and hand pain (hand of the jab) can be the side effects for a couple of days
  • Consume the medications prescribed by your doctor.
  • Report any redness, swelling, and other abnormalities to the doctor
  • If the pain gets bad, report this to your doctor.

Breaking the myths

Some common misconceptions regarding the vaccine:

People who have recovered from COVID-19 don’t need vaccine.

With cases of re-infection being reported, people who have recovered from COVID-19 should still get vaccinated after a deferral period of 3 months from recovery.

People with underlying medical conditions shouldn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine.

People with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, etc. are at a higher risk of severe and life-threatening COVID-19 complications, thus it is recommended to get vaccinated.

If you have been diagnosed with immune disorder or you have a history of allergic reaction, please share the medical history with the officials at the vaccination site before getting vaccinated.

Healthy people with a good immune system don’t need the COVID-19 vaccine.

Healthy individuals with a relatively good immune function can still contract COVID-19 and experience severe symptoms. According to health experts, vaccines will protect everyone from severe and life-threatening COVID-19 complications.

Getting a vaccine will also help stop virus transmission and protect vulnerable people in families and communities.

You can get a COVID-19 infection from the vaccine.

You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine because it doesn’t contain the live virus.

People who have received the COVID-19 vaccines will test positive for the virus.

The vaccines are unlikely to affect the results of the diagnostic tests as none of the approved COVID-19 vaccines contains live strains of the virus.

People who have received COVID-19 vaccines can stop wearing masks.

Masking, hand washing and physical distancing remain necessary in public until a sufficient number of people are immune.

Certain blood types don't require the vaccine.

This myth is absolutely baseless and there is no proof that certain blood types are more immune to the Covid-19 virus. No matter what your blog group is, it is suggested that you definitely get the vaccine.

FAQs

What if one is infected by COVID-19(lab proven) after taking the first dose?

If one gets infected with COVID-19 before the completion of dosing schedule, vaccination to be deferred for 3 months after recovery.

Are the vaccines safe?

The authorized vaccines are proven safe and effective by the health authorities.

Can you take the first dose of a vaccine and get a different vaccine on the second dose?

There isn't enough data yet to recommend this type of combination.

Is the COVID-19 vaccination recommended for lactating mothers?

Yes it is recommended.

Is the vaccine safe for children?

The vaccines have been determined to be safe for adults; they are being studied in children. Once those studies have been completed, we should know more and guidelines will be developed.

In the meantime, make sure children continue to practice physical distance from others, clean their hands frequently, sneeze and cough into their elbow and wear a mask if age appropriate.

What is the interval between the two doses?

The recommended interval time has been increased to four-eight weeks between the first dose and the second one.

How long will the vaccine protect you from the virus?

This is yet to be determined and hence, it is advised to wear masks and practice social distancing even after being vaccinated.

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