Bharat Biotech has recently launched a fact sheet about who should avoid taking Covaxin and the potential side effects.
According to the sheet, those who have weaker immunity or are on a medicine that affects their immune system and people with allergies must not take the Covaxin shot.
It further added those with a history of allergies, those who have fever, those who have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner, those pregnant or breastfeeding, and those with any other serious health-related issues must not be injected with Covaxin. Neither can those who have received another COVID-19 vaccine.
The factsheet lists side effects that include pain, swelling, or itching where the recipient has been injected, body ache, headache, fever, malaise, weakness, rashes, nausea and vomiting.
The company document further described the ingredients in the Covaxin. It contains 64g of whole-virion inactivated SARS-CoV-2 antigen (Strain: NIV-2020-770), and the other inactive ingredients such as aluminum hydroxide gel (250 μg), TLR 7/8 agonist (imidazoquinolinone) 15 μg, 2-phenoxyethanol 2.5 mg, and phosphate buffer saline up to 0.5 ml.
Covaxin is administered as an injection into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm. It is a two-dose series given four weeks apart
On January 16, India gave headway to the world’s biggest vaccination drive with two “Made in India” vaccines- Covishield and Covaxin- against the coronavirus disease which has claimed more than 1 lakh 50 thousand people in the country. Covishield is made by Serum Institute of India and Covaxin is manufactured by Bharat Biotech.
According to government officials, a total of 3,81,305 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till Monday and 580 adverse events following immunisation were reported in the country.