Amid the advancement of COVID-19 vaccination drives across the globe, the confusion and rumours around the efficacy of the vaccines are still rising. People are trying to find answers to their questions like – “When do they become immune to the virus?”, “How long does the immunity last?”, and many more.
Well, these confusions exist because people tend to believe every rumour they come across, while the World Health Organisation (WHO) has appealed multiple times to only trust the authentic sources about the information related to Coronavirus.
One of the most prevalent confusions around the Coronavirus vaccines these days is how long should a person wait to get the vaccine after getting infected.
Busting the myth
Some of the researchers have recently claimed that a person can take the COVID-19 vaccine right after recovering from the disease, but only if they do not have any symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, suggests waiting for 90 days from the day you test positive for COVID-19 disease if you haven’t received any shot yet.
The CDC also suggests, people who got infected after receiving their first shot may take the second dose on their scheduled date, but only if their quarantine period is over, and they do not have any symptoms.
The CDC has also clarified that if you have had COVID-19 and now you have recovered, you must be having some natural protection against the virus, but it is still unclear how long that immunity is going to last.
The CDC has suggested not to take the vaccine for at least 90 days if you have undergone an antibody therapy for COVID-19.
Currently, India has vaccinated over 62.5 lakh healthcare workers and frontline workers. The authorities have confirmed that about 3.3 lakh people are being inoculated on a daily basis.
What should you actually worry about?
The authorities, however, have cautioned COVID-infected people not to get the vaccine if they have any symptoms of the disease. Moreover, long-haulers, people who have recovered from COVID-19 but still have some symptoms, should consult their physician before taking the shot.
Prevalent myths related to COVID-19 vaccinations
There are plenty of myths which are discouraging people from showing up at the vaccination centres, causing a huge blow to India’s fight against the Coronavirus. Here we have listed a few myths which CDC has described as completely baseless –
- COVID-19 vaccine shot can infect me with COVID-19
- After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, I will test positive for the disease in viral test
- I have already recovered from COVID-19 once. So, I do not need the vaccine
- The vaccine will alter my DNA
- Getting the vaccine will affect my ability to have a baby in future
The possible vaccine side-effects
There are many people around the country who believe that those who are taking the vaccine shots are suffering from serious side-effects. However, the authorities as well as the vaccine manufacturers – Serum Institute of India (Covishield) and Bharat Biotech (Covaxin) – have claimed there have been no cases of major health complications so far.
They agree that the people may suffer from some mild side-effects, which are listed below –
More serious side-effects include –
- Throat and face swelling
- Allergic reaction
- Breathing difficulty
- Increased heartbeat
With the kind of results India’s indigenous vaccines are fetching, people have started showing more interest in taking the shot for COVID-19. We, however, have to work together to stop the spread of misconceptions to eventually defeat the disease which had literally confined the world to their houses.
Let’s pledge not to forward any information related to the disease without cross-checking it with the official sources, like the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO, CDC, etc.
Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.