The vaccination drive is going on in India with full spirit and motivation. Amid the surge in cases, even all the people above 18 years of age were made eligible to take their jab for COVID-19 vaccination. A common question that is being repeatedly asked by the general public is that if they have taken the first jab of Covishield, then can the second dose by taken of Cowaxin or vice versa? Onlymyhealth editorial team spoke to Dr. Puneet Khanna, HOD, Pulmonology & Respiratory Medicine, HCMCT Manipal Hospitals, Delhi, about taking second dose of Cowaxin after first jab of Covishield. According to him, this is not at all recommended.
Two different vaccine should not be taken by anyone. If an individual has taken any one of the Covid vaccines, then the booster dose should also be of the same vaccine. Otherwise, the other vaccine can cause serious and adverse side effects. These two vaccines can cross react with each other. And, antibodies that develop with the help of one vaccine can react with antigens of the other vaccine. Therefore, it is very important if you have taken a particular type in the first dose, then the booster vaccine should also be taken from the same one.
Meanwhile, the country will start giving Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against Coronavirus to the citizens from next week. With this, India will now have three vaccines in the vaccination drive which was recently announced for those above 18 years of age. In the ongoing second wave of Covid-19, there is a desperate need to kill this virus. There are continuous expert researches and studies going on about Coronavirus and the vaccines and drugs to treat positive patients.
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