There are many things to do to reduce any discomfort or side effects of the Covid vaccine:
- To reduce pain and discomfort pain at the injection site, you can apply a clean cloth soaked in cold water to the area
- To help with any headaches or nausea, you can drink plenty of fluids
- To deal with any muscle or joint pain, severe headaches, or fever, you can take painkillers such as paracetamol
It is not recommended that you take any painkillers or other medicines before receiving the COVID-19 vaccination to prevent side effects. This is because it is still not known how such medications may affect the vaccine.
Remember that while the side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine can hamper your ability to do daily activities, they are completely normal and should go away on their own in a few days.
Having these common and mild side effects can actually be a good thing, as they show that the vaccine is working.
On the other hand, experiencing no side effects doesn’t mean that the vaccine isn’t working, it’s just a sign that everyone responds differently to the Covid-19 vaccine.
Also, you might want to avoid getting tested for COVID-19 for a while after the shot (unless advised by your physician), as the result may likely be positive due to the vaccine.
To get the vaccine, one needs to register on the CoWIN Portal, or the Aarogya Setu app to get their doses.