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Covaxin Vaccination

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Covaxin is India's indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) - National Institute of Virology (NIV).

This indigenous, inactivated vaccine is produced within Bharat Biotech's high containment facility classified as BSL-3 (Bio-Safety Level 3).

Covaxin is designed using the Whole-Virion Inactivated Vero Cell platform technology. Inactivated vaccines do not replicate, minimizing the risk of reversion and associated pathological effects. They consist of deactivated viruses, incapable of causing infection while still instructing the immune system to generate a protective response against the infection.


Indication and Usage –

  • COVAXIN is a vaccine with approval for emergency use that may prevent COVID-19.
  • COVAXIN has been approved for restricted use in emergency situation in individuals 18 years of age and older.


Dosage and Administration –

  • COVAXIN will be given to you as on injection into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm.
  • COVAXIN vaccination series is 2 doses given 4 weeks apart.


Contraindications –

  • Hypersensitivity to any constituents of the vaccine.
  • Pregnant and lactating mothers.
  • During fever or severe infection.
  • Individuals below 18 years.


Adverse reactions –

Side effects that have been reported with Covaxin include:

  • Injectionsite pain/ Swelling / Redness/ Itching
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Malaise / bodyache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rashes

A severe allergic reaction may very rarely occur after getting a dose of Covaxin.

These may not be all the possible side effects of Covaxin.


Drug interactions and other interactions –

  • No interaction studies have been performed. Concomitant administration of Covaxin with other vaccines has not been studied.


Frequently asked questions and their answers:

1. What is Covaxin and what is it used for? 

Covaxin is a vaccine designed for active immunization against SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.


2. Key considerations before receiving Covaxin? 

Before receiving Covaxin, you should inform the vaccination provider of all your medical conditions, including:

  • Any regular medication you are taking for an illness, its duration, and the specific condition it treats.
  • Any allergies you may have.
  • If you have a fever.
  • If you have a bleeding disorder or are currently taking blood thinners.
  • If you are immunocompromised or are using medication affecting your immune system.
  • If you are pregnant.
  • If you have received another COVID-19 vaccine.


3. What is contained in Covaxin?

The ingredients in Covaxin include:

  • 6µg of whole-virion inactivated SARS CoV-2 antigen (Strain: NIV-2020-770).
  • 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 has been developed using an inactivated/killed virus in combination with the above-mentioned chemicals.


4. How is Covaxin administered?

Covaxin is administered via an injection into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm. The vaccination series consists of two doses given four weeks apart.

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