Covid-19 Vaccination - All You Need To Know About Covaxin and Covishield

The global COVID-19 pandemic is creating chaos for people and vaccination is the only way to break the chain of this deadly virus. Social distancing, wearing masks, and frequent handwashing is effective, but not full proof. These measures won’t work if they are not followed. So, the government had introduced vaccines to prevent COVID-19. But while many people are rushing to get a vaccine, others are hesitating. After vaccination, if the body is later exposed to the diseases caused due to germs, the body can immediately destroy it by preventing illness.

Getting vaccination takes us one step closer to being in the safety zone and is going to protect us throughout life.

The vaccines are safe for people above18 years, including those with pre-existing conditions of any kind that includes auto-immune disorders. These conditions include hypertension, diabetes, asthma, pulmonary, liver, and kidney disease, as well as chronic infections that are stable and controlled.

The Central Government has approved two COVID-19 vaccinations, Covaxin (manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited) and Covishield (Oxford-AstraZeneca's vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India) for emergency use.

Know the effectiveness of Covishield and Covaxin Vaccines


This is an inactivated vaccine—one of the oldest methods of human vaccination—meaning that whole, inactivated viruses are injected into the body to trigger an immune response. These whole batches of coronavirus must be grown, “killed” with a chemical or heat, and then made into a vaccine, making it a longer process.


When the vaccine is injected into a patient, the immune system is prompted to start developing antibodies and to start attacking any coronavirus infection. Jab is given in two doses between four and 12 weeks apart. It can be stored safely at temperatures between 2-8 degrees centigrade.

Do remember that both of the vaccines are equally effective. Even if they do not fully prevent COVID infections, both Covishield and Covaxin have been known to cut down the severity and mortality risk associated with the infection. Getting any two doses of one vaccine is better than no vaccination, so get the jab when you can!

Medicover Hospital is proud to support the fight against COVID-19 and is pleased to announce the launch of its COVID Vaccination Drive. We are currently administering Covaxin.

The first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine (Covaxin) was performed in Hyderabad as the biggest vaccination drive commenced at the HITEX Exhibition grounds on 6th June 2021 with a tremendous start. Many got vaccinated under strict COVID-19 protocols.

Now it’s time to get your Covaxin Second dose and also the first dose from the same team and with the same experience. Register to get vaccinated on 4th July 2021, at Hitex from 8:00 a.m. onwards. We are taking extra precautions against COVID-19, ensuring all safety norms to be followed at every step.

COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to decrease the risk of coronavirus. We are on our way to defeat the pandemic!

Note: If you miss the second dose, you will have less protection from the virus. It’s better to get the second dose of COVID-19 Vaccine on time.Get yourself registered.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which vaccine is available for COVID-19?

In India, two vaccines, Covaxin (developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech) and Covishield (developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and manufactured by Serum Institute of India), are now in use.

2. What are the side effects of COVID Vaccination?

COVID-19 vaccines have some side effects like:

  • Mild fever
  • Swelling
  • Headache
  • Nausea and dizziness
  • Pain and discomfort

However, you may require immediate medical attention if you experience serious adverse effects such as severe allergic reactions, an unusual infection, seizures, or any other unexpected side effects. If you have any of these symptoms, you must immediately notify the doctor so that he or she can act accordingly.

3. Can I take one COVID vaccine in the first dose and another vaccine in the second dose?

No! Because vaccines are not interchangeable, it is critical to receive the second dose of the same vaccination as the first. Furthermore, the COWIN app will help in ensuring that everyone receives the same immunization.

4. What should be the time period between the two doses of the vaccination?

Covishield and Covaxin are now being used in India. The optimum time between the two doses is determined by the type of vaccine. The second dosage of the vaccination must be administered 28 days after the first dose, according to current government protocol.
According to Covishield, the booster dosage may be more effective if the gap between the two doses is between 6 - 12 weeks.

5. How to register for COVID Vaccination?

You can get yourself register here

6. Do I still have to wear a mask after vaccination?

Yes, even after vaccination, we should all continue to wear masks, especially in public places. Getting vaccinated does not mean that we can return to our usual lives right after. Vaccinations are now merely another layer of protection against the COVID-19 pandemic until we acquire some level of herd immunity.

7. Should I keep my vaccination record?

In the future, you may be required to provide proof of vaccination to travel, work in some sectors, or attend major events.

8. What if I’m pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a compromised immune system?

Pregnant or lactating women, as well as those with weakened immune systems, should avoid receiving the vaccination. If you have any questions, you should consult with the provider so that you can make an informed decision for your specific circumstance.

9. I had COVID-19 already. Should I still get a vaccine?

Yes. At this point, there is insufficient information to determine how long protection from a COVID-19 infection lasts. It's also uncertain whether vaccination or illness generates the most powerful immunity. If you have COVID-19 and were treated with monoclonal antibodies, you must wait 90 days before getting the vaccination.