2nd dose of COVID vaccine can have more intense side effects

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24th March, 2021 02:58:57 printer

2nd dose of COVID vaccine can have more intense side effects

With the coronavirus vaccine rollout in and around the world, people are not only ecstatic but are also very nervous about taking the jab, given that it is not devoid of side effects.

Now that the second phase of the COVID vaccination drive has begun and many have already received their second shot, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the side effects from the second dose of COVID vaccine could be more intense than the first shot of the vaccine.

Why do the COVID vaccines require two doses?

Considering most COVID vaccines require two doses to prove effective, as per experts, it is due to various reasons.

While the first dose of COVID vaccine starts the process of producing antibodies and building up protection. The second dose works towards reinforcing the protection produced after the first dose.

It is believed that the second dose of vaccine substantially strengthens the immunity and increases the rate of effectiveness for the same.

Most common side effects experienced by the people post vaccination

Almost all COVID vaccines lead to side effects. While the intensity of the symptoms may vary from person to person, some of the most common side effects experienced are as fever, chills, nausea, and body ache.

When should you receive your second dose of COVID vaccine?

The interval between the dosage of the COVID vaccines may differ on the basis of what vaccine you are receiving.

In India, Oxford-Astrazeneca produced COVID vaccine Covishield is said to be most effective if the second dose of the vaccine is administered between 6-8 weeks, but not later than the stipulated period of 8 weeks.

Other trials have suggested that the efficacy of the vaccine increases if the intervals of dosage increased to 12 weeks.

 (Times of India)