Since May 1st, 2021, the Government of India opened up vaccines for those between the ages of 18 and 44. From that day onwards, anyone 18+ who was not already vaccinated could get themselves registered on the Cowin website to set up an appointment for getting vaccinated. However, due to shortages in the supply of vaccines, people often found that they weren’t able to get confirmed bookings for that elusive shot.
Many people have been confused and frustrated in the past few days over this issue. PharmEasy spoke to one person in this 18+ category who persevered and managed to get through these hurdles and successfully get vaccinated. Here is what he has to say about the whole experience-
Q 1- What was the procedure you followed to register for the vaccine?
I went to the Cowin website and got registered, then it was a waiting game. I followed “mybmc” (Bombay Municipal Corp) on Twitter constantly as they regularly post information on slots opening, centres, etc. So, I was up to date on the latest information. 10 mins before the website opened I was ready, based on the information I gathered from following mybmc on Twitter. I was able to quickly select an appointment time and confirm. In that sense it was hassle-free.
Q 2- How did you get a slot for the vaccine?
I simply selected from the website for the available slot and confirmed it.
Q 3- Was there any queue at the vaccine centre/camp that you visited? –
I reached the vaccination centre half an hour later than my scheduled time. I had to carry a soft copy/hard copy of my Aadhaar card and show it upon arrival. Then one receives a pre-printed slip and proceeds forward. 2 nurses were there to guide me during the procedure. After getting the vaccine I was sent to the observation room and was there for 30 minutes.
Q 4- How was the overall process for your vaccination?
Since I went in late, the whole process went pretty smoothly.
Q 5- Can you share your post-vaccination experience?
I faced some of the normal side effects and got a fever, cold and cough that night. But by the next day, I was perfectly fine and got back to my normal routine.
Q 6- Did you experience any side effects? If yes, which?
Well about 10:30 pm – 11 pm I had a fever and body ache. The next morning I felt weak but my temperature was back to normal. I was given a strip of paracetamol to manage these symptoms. I advise all those reading this to please stay hydrated, have proper food, and for at least 4 days after getting vaccinated, avoid drinking or smoking.
Q 7- What precautions did the technicians/doctors ask you to take between your first and second dose?
The normal Covid-19 protocols, staying home, keeping up a healthy diet, wearing a mask and maintaining social distance as per usual.
While there are bound to be technical issues with the website and getting a slot booked, don’t give up and try your best. Keep an eye out for local news from official sources regarding slots and timings, be patient and keep at it.
Everyone needs to get vaccinated as soon as possible, especially the older citizens as well as those who are at high risk. The sooner we get people vaccinated, the faster India will be able to fight and overcome COVID-19! Wear a mask, maintain social distance and keep following the normal COVID-19 guidelines to protect yourself and those around you.
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