Five FAQs - COVID-19 Vaccine

Can a person presently having COVID -19 infection (confirmed positive or suspected), take COVID-19 vaccine now? 

Person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection may increase the risk of spreading the same to others at vaccination site. For this reason, infected individuals should defer vaccination for 14 days after symptoms resolution.

Is it necessary for the COVID-19 recovered person to take the vaccine? 

Yes, it is advisable to receive complete schedule of COVID-19 vaccine irrespective of past history of infection with COVID-19. This will help in developing a strong immune response against the disease. Development of immunity or duration of protection after COVID-19 exposure is not yet established, therefore, it is recommended to receive vaccine even after COVID-19 infection. Wait for 4-8 weeks after recovery from coronavirus symptoms before getting the vaccine.

How long will I stay protected from COVID-19 infection after taking vaccine? 

Longevity of the immune response in vaccinated individuals is yet to be determined. Hence, continuing the use of masks, hand washing, physical distancing and other COVID-19 appropriate behaviour is strongly recommended. 

In how many days will the vaccination create adequate immune response and protection? 

Adequate immune response takes 2-3 weeks after completion of entire vaccination schedule i.e., after the second dose of COVISHIELD® and COVAXIN®.

Do I need to take COVID-19 precautions after getting vaccinated? 

Yes, since the longevity of the immune response in vaccinated individuals is yet to be determined, it is absolutely necessary that everyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine should continue to follow the COVID-19 appropriate behaviour i.e., wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and frequently washing/sanitising hands to protect themselves and those around from spreading the infection.

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