The coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread suffering across the globe and India is facing an unprecedented healthcare and humanitarian crisis amidst its second wave. This infection has taken over all aspects of our life, be it professional or personal. Although there are many ways to manage Covid-19, such as wearing a mask, sanitising the hands and maintaining social distancing, the one effective remedy we all have been waiting for is a vaccine.
Well, to our good fortune, India is offering two vaccines currently to its populace to beat Covid-19 by enhancing immunity against the virus. There’s no doubt that vaccines are proving to be a critical tool to help prevent further illness and death and to control the pandemic, but there are also some concerns regarding bleeding and clotting issues surfacing post vaccination.
Hence, in order to address the said concerns, the National AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunization) Committee to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare conducted an in-depth analysis of the adverse events, especially with respect to the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine Covishield.
AEFI report reveals that there is a very miniscule but definitive risk of bleeding and clotting to occur and hence, it is prudent to be aware of any symptoms to manage such adverse events effectively and timely.
Be mindful of these symptoms that could occur within 20 days after receiving the vaccine:
The vaccines are safe and effective and there is no reason to panic. However, in some cases, it is advisable to consult with your doctor before and after getting inoculated to manage any adverse reactions associated with the vaccine. Especially, if:
So, even if you are vaccinated fully, continue wearing a mask and following social distancing hygiene protocols. Moreover, in case you feel any of the symptoms listed above or signs of concern that bother you or do not go away, then immediately reach out to your doctor for assistance.