How safe is Covishield for women?

Coronaviruses which are a huge group of respiratory viruses and is prone to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe illnesses.

The novel COVID-19 virus has spread across the whole world. Although this disease took place in China in 2019. After June 4, 2020, this horrific disease spread widespread affecting a total of 213 countries and territories. According to data, almost 6,632,985 people got infected with this disease and it also marked a death of 391,136 people.

Before the beginning of the nationwide vaccination drive against Covid-19 in India on January 16, certain guidelines have been released that under what circumstances it is safe especially for women who are pregnant or at the lactating stage.

Covishield Vaccination dosage:-

The Covishield vaccination course consists of two separate doses which are 0.5 ml each. The second dose should be taken between four to six weeks after the first dose. However, there is data available for administration of the second dose up to 12 weeks after the first dose from the overseas studies by the respected doctors.

Covishield and its safety on women:-

Over 169 countries and territories have taken more than 709 million doses of vaccine as the cases started escalating.

In December 2020, the first dose of a fully tested vaccine which was manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech who's administration is in the United Kingdom took place. Now multiples vaccine has been manufactured and they're being continuously tested on laboratory regarding efficacy.

 Uruguay whose population is currently more than 1 million is vaccinating faster than any other country by giving daily average of 1,057 doses per 100,000 people in the past seven days. Israel was initially the fastest is lagging behind Uruguay now by vaccinating about 1,989 doses per 100,000 people per day.

The covishield vaccine is highly accepted in India and other countries.

Almost 18,000 women across 16 countries recommended the covid-19 vaccine with 90% efficacy and for health security. Overall, 52% of pregnant women and 73% of non-pregnant women said they will get such a vaccine for immunity and 69% said they would vaccinate their children too.

The report comprised 218 employees who had taken their first dose of Covishield. The majority of the employees are women who were 172 in number.

Side effects were prevalent more in women than men. Almost 75.5 per cent of the women and 45% per cent of the men showed had side effects after intake of vaccination. 

The most common ones were severe pain at the injection spot, body ache, headache and fever. The respondents also complained of stiffness in the arm, swelling in the arm and GI and vomiting but there was no serious advent of all these side-effects. 

According to doctors, women face more issues than men after vaccination also because of hormonal differences and hormonal imbalance. The female immune system is more reactive in comparison to men’s, which is why autoimmune diseases are reported more among women. 

The vaccine reactogenicity is more in the younger population than in the older population, and this was seen in the report by Baptist Hospital. Seventy-six members were more than 40 years old and 142 were below 40 years. Side effects were seen among 34 members aged below 40 years and only in five aged above 40 years.

The reason behind this could be the reactive immune system, which is more active in young people than older ones. The phase 3 trials of Covishield also said that younger people had higher reactogenicity.

Covishield: Impact on pregnant women:-

The escalation of vaccination rates is effective in slowing down the spread of novel coronavirus disease but are considered to be risky for vulnerable groups such as the elderly, pregnant women and children.

According to the World Health Organisation(WHO), which was earlier in opposition to the use of the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy now highly recommends women get their vaccination shot as soon as possible.

Women are still in dilemma regarding the covidshield so much so that, the lack of proper evidence has also lead to the division of health officials worldwide. Many couples including the doctors recommend delaying conception till the time a vaccine shot isn't delivered safely.

The ones who have been administered the vaccine right now have also been asked to avoid pregnancy for at least 8 weeks as a safety measure.

Since pregnancy can compromise immunity, chances are, the vaccine may react differently and can lead to less efficiency or put a woman at the risk of developing unusual side effects, which may get quite difficult to deal with.

Covishield: Fertility or Infertility on pregnant women:-

Keeping aside all the rumours floating around the internet, COVID-19 vaccines cannot lead to infertility or miscarriage in women who are in expectation of having a baby or the ones who may be planning to.

Most vaccines being administered right are on the verge of a weakened strain of the actual virus or are using modern technologies to equip the immune system to fight the virus- hence, in no way do they proved to be harmful to the reproductive system and it won’t cause any malfunction, disruptions or infertility.

A vaccine prevents the virus from attacking your body and causing respective damage and complications. Even if you are still in myriad about vaccination, or choose not to get it as a personal choice, you will still be at a high risk of infection. Being pregnant would also mean having a higher risk than usual risk.

However, it is suggested to prioritize getting other vaccines needed during pregnancy and not to delay them in any case. Getting proper flu shots may also work to lessen the severity of COVID-19 as many experts now believe as a matter of fact.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ's) about Covishield:-

What is Covishield vaccination?

The Covidshield is approval for transient use as the emergency vaccine that has the potential to prevent COVID-19 disease in individuals ranging from 18 years of age and older that.

What is the Covidshield vaccine composed of?

It is composed of following compounds like L-Histidine, L-Histidine hydrochloride monohydrate, Magnesium chloride hexahydrate, Polysorbate 80, Ethanol, Sucrose, Sodium chloride, Disodium edetate dihydrate (EDTA), Water for injection.

Who should receive the Covishield vaccine?

The individuals who are 18 years or more than 18 years of age are recommended to get Covidshield vaccination.

Who should not receive the covishield vaccine?

You should not get the Covishield vaccine if you already had a severe allergic reaction after an initial dose of the vaccine and also if you have a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient from which the vaccine is made of.

What if don't want  to get the Covishield vaccine?

To get a covidshield vaccine is a subjective choice. It solely depends on your personal choice. You may take the assistance of your consulted and trusted family doctor regarding the vaccine intake.

Will the covishield vaccine prevent me from coronavirus?

This is still not proved. You may get the virus again if you don't abide by necessary precautions like wearing a mask, carrying a sanitiser and maintaining social distance. But even if you get one, it won't lead to the death of the patient. Since the vaccine builts specific kind of immunity about the virus.

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