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COVID-19: Dos and Don'ts after taking the Coronavirus vaccine

Team AckoJun 8, 2023

Currently, millions of Indians have taken their COVID-19 vaccination (two doses). While the vaccine may not provide 100% protection against Coronavirus, it can mitigate the harmful effects of the virus. This article lists the dos and don'ts after taking the coronavirus vaccine to help you understand the best course of action after vaccination. Take a look.

Dos and Dont's of Coronavirus Vaccine



Types of COVID-19 vaccines

The following table lists different types of COVID-19 vaccines with their examples.

Type Description Example
Replicating Viral Vector Contains viral genetic material concealed inside a safe, self-replicating virus. NA
Non-Replicated Viral Vector Contains viral genetic material concealed inside a different safe virus that is unable to replicate itself. iNCOVACC , Sputnik Light , SputnikV , Jcovden , Vaxzevria , Covishield
Virus-like Particles (VLP) Carries viral proteins that imitate the virus's structure but lack genetic material. NA
Protein Subunit Contains viral proteins that have been isolated and purified. NA
Live-Attenuated Contains weaker versions of the virus NA
Inactivated Contains dead copies of the virus. Covaxin
DNA-based and RNA-based Carries genetic material from the virus, such as mRNA, which contains instructions for producing viral proteins. GEMCOVAC-19 , Spikevax

Coronavirus vaccine: Do’s

It is recommended to do the following things after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

  1. Wait at the vaccination centre

After vaccination, one should wait at the location for at least 20 minutes. This makes it easier to identify and treat anyone experiencing adverse effects of the vaccination.

2. Keep hydrated

People report experiencing fever, lethargy, body aches, and headaches after vaccination. Keeping hydrated enough can lessen the effect of these side effects of the COVID-19 vaccination.

3. Include seasonal fruits in your diet

You should include seasonal fruits in your diet. These typically contain many vitamins and minerals and help control the side effects of the vaccine.

4. Eat immunity-enhancing food items

An immunity booster diet is one that is full of green vegetables, turmeric, and garlic. Also, after taking the COVID-19 vaccine, there are no restrictions on eating chicken or other meat. Eating a healthy diet can help fight off any infections.

5.Use cold bandages

After receiving the Covishield/Covaxin, some people may develop a fever. You can manage the symptoms with routine medical care and using cold bandages (cold compress for fever).

6. Rest well

Immune function is suppressed by lack of sleep, and the body works too hard to deal with the symptoms. Thus, before and after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, getting seven to eight hours of sleep can help the body recover. 

7. Inform the doctor about routine medicines you take

If a person has comorbidities, they should speak to a doctor before getting vaccinated. A patient who has sensitivities to any vaccine should alert their doctor in advance. Also, anyone on steroids or blood thinners should check with their doctor before getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

8. Refrain from heavy physical activity

After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, one must refrain from heavy lifting and physical exercise.

9. Breastfeed your baby if you are lactating

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, women who are pregnant or nursing can get vaccinated against COVID-19. They also recommend breastfeeding to ensure that their infant receives antibodies through breast milk.

10. Take measures against COVID-19

After receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, individuals should keep taking the proper measures against this disease. These include wearing a mask, thoroughly washing and sanitising hands, and practising social distancing, particularly in crowded places.

Also, read: Coronavirus Helpline Number in India

Coronavirus vaccine: Don’ts

One should avoid doing the following things after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Don’t stop wearing a mask and taking precautions: Many individuals believe that vaccinations completely protect against COVID-19. But that’s not the case. Thus, you must continue to take precautions, such as wearing a mask in crowded places. 

  • Don’t smoke or consume alcohol for some days: You should refrain from consuming tobacco or alcohol for a few days following the vaccine. Alcohol and cigarette use, according to UNICEF, can impair immunity levels and reduce the efficiency of vaccines in the body.

  • Avoid long-sleeved shirts: Wear a loose, short-sleeved shirt to stay comfortable as the vaccine is administered on your shoulder.

  • Don’t skip other vaccinations: It is advised to speak with a doctor to be on track for a regular plan for all vaccinations.

  • Don’t ignore your health if you experience side effects for a longer time: If side effects from the COVID-19 vaccination do not subside, see a doctor. 

  • Avoid "vaccine shopping": Take whatever vaccine (official) is provided to you and avoid spending time "vaccine shopping" as timely vaccination is critical.  

Frequently asked questions

Here are some common questions and answers about the COVID-19 vaccine


Are COVID-19 vaccines effective?

Yes, according to the World Health Organisation, COVID-19 vaccines are effective. However, remember that like any other vaccine, they do not completely protect everyone who receives a shot.

How much time does a COVID-19 vaccine take to develop protection?

Most people develop protection against COVID-19 a few weeks after receiving a dose.

Can someone who has a COVID-19 infection get vaccinated?

A person with a COVID-19 infection may put others at risk at the immunisation site. Infected people should postpone vaccination and speak to their doctor regarding when they can get vaccinated.

Is the vaccination required for someone who has recovered from COVID?

Yes, regardless of a prior history of COVID-19 infection, it is advised to receive the full course of COVID vaccination. This will aid in creating a powerful immune response to fight the illness.

Is it possible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before registering with the health department?

No, to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, the beneficiary must register with the health department using the CoWIN mobile application. 

Disclaimer: The content on this page is generic and shared only for informational and explanatory purposes. It is based on several secondary sources on the internet. Please consult a doctor before making any health-related decisions.

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