Getting the Covid vaccine? Here's what you need to know
Getting the Covid vaccine? Here's what you need to know 27th May 2021
Amidst this pandemic, the human race is praying desperately for the cure. After so many efforts, we are finally blessed to have a vaccine now. It is indeed significant that it could be made in such a short period; all credit to our advanced medical researchers.
Want to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Please check this step-wise procedure.
The first step to get vaccinated is to register yourself on the CoWin portal and get an appointment for the first dose of the vaccine. CoWin is a trusted platform designed by the government, which runs both independently and also on the Arogya Setu app. Avoid using any other portal or application for registering yourself as a lot of fraudulent portals are being run to fool people. Know exactly where the vaccine drives are rolling in your vicinity.
Also, it is important to know the difference between various doses, their side effects, and which one is suitable for you to take. Do this with the help of a physician or a doctor before taking your shot of vaccine.
Setting up your mind to get vaccinated without getting afraid is important. Vaccination is nothing but immunization!
What is to be done before getting vaccinated?
Register yourself on the government-suggested website and get an appointment for a particular day. As your day of vaccination is close, take adequate rest. Have enough sleep of 7-8 hours and avoid exhausting yourself. Also, if you are on some other medication or if you are on steroids or any immunosuppression, then consult your doctor.
For the safer side, if you feel any symptoms like cough, fever, cold, sore throat, etc. on or before the day of vaccination, then seek medical help. Consume a balanced diet to boost your immune system and to maintain your energy level. Stay hydrated, it is the key to stay calm inside out.
What to do when ‘it is the day’?
On the day of your shot, do a safety check. Ensure you are wearing a proper face mask and sanitize your hands properly. If possible, wear hand gloves too to maintain zero contact. Foremost, wear loose clothes when you are going to the vaccination centre because the vaccination spot is on the upper arm, giving easy access to the vaccinator.
The most important thing is to stay positive. Don't get anxious, take slow deep breaths. Think of a positive outcome – this shot is going to be a shield for you and others around you.
And, please carry your photo ID card mentioned in your appointment details for vaccination.
What are the steps taken after getting vaccinated?
The primary step is to monitor yourself. If there are any side effects, they will appear within 30 minutes after getting your vaccine shot. There are mild and common effects like swelling, redness on the arm, dizziness, headache, chills or mild fever, joint or muscle ache, etc. Remember that these side effects will subside within a few days.
If you feel severe symptoms like vomiting, fainting, allergic reactions, then seek medical help immediately. Avoid consuming painkillers or any other medication unless you consult a doctor about it.
The second dose is equally essential, so don't miss that. There should be a fair gap of 4-12 weeks between both the doses.
And most important of all is, even after getting vaccinated, don't stop taking precautions in day-to-day life. Continue wearing your masks, do sanitize properly and maintain social distancing.
Also, considering the risk pandemic brought, if you already don't have an existing health insurance, it is time to purchase a new health insurance plan. You can buy health insurance online to get coverage to protect your family from sudden illnesses, hospitalization and medical expenses.
Let us be responsible, and let us all protect one another and help our community get through these pandemic hard times. Stay Safe, Get Vaccinated.