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Covid-19 Vaccination - All you need to know

  • June 28, 2021

According to CDC a vaccine is a product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease and the act of employing a vaccine to human body to help it stimulate the immune system is called Vaccination.

This prevents you from contracting the disease and spreading it to others. Your body develops a defense system to combat foreign germs that could make you sick or cause harm.

The importance of vaccinations

Reduces your risk of infection:

After the first shot, your body begins to produce antibodies against the coronavirus. These antibodies assist your immune system in fighting the virus if you are exposed, lowering your chances of contracting the disease. Vaccination not only reduces your chances of becoming infected, but also helps to protect the community by reducing the risk of virus transmission.

Vaccine is beneficial for the fetus as well as for the newborn baby:

According to a study, expectant mothers who receive the Covid-19 vaccine develops antibodies to the virus, which they pass on to the fetus and also to their newborns through breast milk. This suggests that newborns have some immunity to the virus, which is especially important given that young children are unable to receive the vaccine.

The vaccine protects against severe illness:

Even if you become infected after being immunized, you are unlikely to become seriously ill. According to studies, vaccinated people who become infected with Covid-19 have mild to moderate cases compared to those who are not vaccinated. As a result, once fully vaccinated, your risk of hospitalization and death due to Covid-19 is nearly eliminated.

Do's and don'ts before getting vaccinated


  • Ensure you are well-rested and healthy before each jab.
  • If you are not feeling well or are sick, you should postpone your vaccination.
  • Avoid alcohol before and after vaccination as it can cause dehydration
  • Get the jab to your non-dominant hand's upper arm.
  • Follow the recommended schedule for receiving your second dose.


  • Get a vaccine if you currently have Covid-19 or have been exposed.
  • Avoid over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers before a vaccine.
  • Don't schedule other vaccines the same day
  • Refrain from doing strenuous activities like exercise, hiking or swimming, at least for two days.


Vaccination-related myths

Certain Covid-19 vaccine myths are spreading like wildfire and can persuade some people to postpone getting a shot.

Let's demystify it:

The vaccine development was rushed, hence it is not safe.

Although most vaccines take years to develop, the fact that this is a global pandemic means the research teams, governments, and private companies from all over the world are working together to find a solution. This has accelerated vaccine development, which is normally a slower process.

Can the vaccine make a person sick with Covid-19?

Covid-19 vaccines train our immune systems to identify and combat the virus. This process can occasionally result in symptoms such as fever. These symptoms are normal and indicate that the body is developing a defense against the virus that causes Covid-19.

The side effects of the vaccine are dangerous and life-threatening.

Vaccination can result in minor side effects. These are rarely serious. The most common side effects include a sore arm, a mild fever, muscle aches, chills, and a headache. Consider these to be welcome signs that the vaccine has activated your immune system, preparing it to fight SARS-CoV-2 if the two ever meet.

After I get the vaccinated, I won't have to wear a mask or maintain social distancing.

The Covid -19 safety precautions should be followed even after you get vaccinated. This will ensure your safety against infection in future too. Also, it takes a few weeks for your body to begin to develop antibodies.

You may have many questions about the Covid-19 vaccine, and it is a good idea to seek answers. You can consult a doctor via teleconsultation if you want to know more about the Covid-19 vaccine, both before and after it is administered. Download myHealthmeter app to schedule a teleconsultation appointment.

Remember, you can protect not only yourself and your family, but also your community, by choosing to get vaccinated.