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India has entered the third phase of its COVID-19 vaccination programme on May 1, opening up the vaccine to everyone above 18 years of age. With India going through the worst phase of the pandemic currently, it is crucial that everyone take the jab, sooner than later. While we may have several questions about the vaccine, there is nothing to worry. Here, Max Healthcare doctors answer possible queries, dispel fears, and elaborate on the precautions that must be observed before and after taking the COVID-19 vaccine. They say that anyone experiencing high fever should not be taking the vaccine. If you have any of the following conditions, you must consult your doctors before taking the vaccine:
Here is what the doctors have to say about people with underlying health conditions.
This population is at a higher risk of complications from Covid-19 infection hence, it should be a priority for all of them to get vaccinated as soon as possible so that they can build immunity against Covid at the earliest.
Asthma is an allergic condition, so some asthmatic patients may have certain allergies like allergy to a particular drug, hence they must inform the vaccine officer about this and accordingly get the jab. If they have faced an allergic reaction to any vaccine (not COVID) in the past, they must inform the vaccine officer about this as well. They also should take their regular medications, even on the day of vaccination.
There is no evidence to support that people with skin diseases should avoid vaccination against Covid-19. The vaccine is safe for patients on immunosuppressive or biologic drugs such as Omalizumab, Secukinumab etc. as well. People with allergies to food/ pets/ dust/ pollution/ latex etc. can also take the vaccine safely. They are however advised to wait at the vaccination centre for 30 minutes after receiving the shot to ensure that no adverse reaction occurs.
Patients who have had a history of severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or any of its components, are advised to avoid vaccination.
What are the tips for those suffering from such conditions as hypertension and sugar problems if they feel sick after getting their jab? Here's what doctors say.
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