As India enters third-day of its nationwide vaccination drive on Tuesday, several adverse events were reported following which vaccine makers Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat BioTech released the vaccine factsheets.
The purpose of releasing a vaccine factsheet is to help a recipient understand the risks and benefits of the vaccine.
According to the Union health ministry, a total of 3,81,305 beneficiaries were vaccinated for Covid-19 in the country till 5 pm on Monday and 580 adverse events following immunisation were reported.
Who should avoid Serum’s Covishield vaccine
* People who are severely allergic to any ingredient of Covishield are advised not to take it.
* Covishield ingredients are L-Histidine, L-Histidine hydrochloride monohydrate, Magnesium chloride hexahydrate, Polysorbate 80, Ethanol, Sucrose, Sodium chloride, Disodium edetate dihydrate (EDTA), Water for injection.
* If the first dose of Covishield caused an allergic reaction, avoid the second dose.
* Inform the vaccinator about all the medical conditions before getting the vaccine.
* Inform the vaccinator if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) after consuming any drug, food, any vaccine or any ingredients of Covishield vaccine before.
* Inform the vaccinator beforehand if you have a fever or a bleeding disorder or if you are on a blood thinner.
* Inform the vaccinator beforehand if you are immuno-compromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system.
* If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant, inform the vaccinator before taking the jab.
* Inform the vaccinator if you have received another Covid-19 vaccine.
Who should avoid Bharat BioTech’s Covaxin vaccine
* People who are immuno-compromised or are on medicines that affect the immune system are advised not to take Covaxin.
* Usually, cancer patients on chemotherapy, HIV-positive people and those on steroids are immune-suppressed.
* Signs of severe allergic reaction could include difficulty in breathing, swelling of face and throat, fast heartbeat, rashes all over the body, dizziness and weakness.
* People with bleeding disorders or who are on blood thinners have been advised to avoid the shot.
* Those who are acutely ill, have a fever or have any history of allergy should avoid the vaccine.
* Pregnant or lactating mothers are advised against taking the jab.
* The factsheet further suggested that if any recipient developed Covid-19 symptoms, it should be recorded as an adverse event with RT-PCR test results as proof.