The government announced on Monday that states and union territories should administer the two doses of the Covishield coronavirus vaccine in a four-to-eight-week interval, rather than the four-to-six-week interval which was previously recommended.
“Keeping the existing scientific evidence in view, it appears that protection is enhanced if the second dose of COVISHIELD is administered between 6-8 weeks, but not later than stipulated period of 8 weeks,” In a statement, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Will Likely Have Stronger Side Effects
If you had no side effects or only had mild side effects after the first vaccine, you should expect the symptoms to be a little stronger and tougher with the second shot.
The majority of people do not experience the dreaded side-effects until after the second shot. Expect to experience symptoms such as chills, fever, insomnia, and exhaustion for a few hours or a day. Remember that the majority of them are minor and only indicate that the vaccine is eliciting necessary immune responses.
The use of pain relievers before or after the vaccine shot has sparked a heated debate. Some say it can help with the unpleasant side effects, while others say it could be detrimental. Many people may be tempted to take a pill after hearing about negative reactions and side effects. That is not, however, something you can do unless and until your doctor has specifically told you to do so.
When it comes to side effects and adverse reactions, medical professionals believe that even those who developed an allergy or had doubtful side effects with the first shot should not be afraid to try the second. Remember that having a second shot ensures that the vaccine improves immune function and that any reactions or allergic reactions are easily handled and treated. You shouldn’t be afraid of complications because you’ve had allergies before.
Expect to be fully immunized just a few days after getting your second vaccine shot. Immunity takes time to develop, and it can take anywhere from two to three weeks for antibodies to build up in the body. As a result, removing the mask after vaccination is not an option to consider.
Immunity is expected to peak two weeks after the shot, according to experts. This means your chances of contracting COVID-19 are extremely slim. However, if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19 (who has not yet been vaccinated), you will no longer be required to quarantine.