Contra-indications to the vaccine are:

  • A known allergy to an ingredient in the vaccine (see ingredient list below)
  • A severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of vaccine is a contra-indication to the second dose of vaccine.

It should be safe for people with other types of allergies to receive the vaccine. An allergy to antibiotics such as penicillins or sulfas, allergies to foods, pollen etc. are NOT contra-indications to the vaccine.
List of ingredients in COVISHIELD:

  • Inactivated adenovirus with segments of Coronavirus
  • L-Histidine
  • L-Histidine hydrochloride monohydrate
  • Magnesium chloride hexahydrate
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Ethanol
  • Sucrose
  • Sodium chloride
  • Disodium edetate dihydrate

List of ingredients in COVAXIN:

  • Inactivated coronavirus
  • Aluminum Hydroxide gel
  • TLR 7/8 Agonist
  • 2-Phenoxyethanol
  • Phosphate Buffered Saline

List of ingredients in Sputnik V:
Component I:

  • Active substance: recombinant serotype 26 adenoviral particles, containing the SARS-CoV-2 protein S gene

Component II:

  • Active substance: recombinant serotype 5 adenoviral particles, containing the SARS-CoV-2 protein S gene
  • Additional ingredients in both components:
  • Tris- (hydroxymethyl)aminomethane
  • Sodium chloride
  • Sucrose
  • Magnesium chloride hexahydrate
  • EDTA-disodium salt dihydrate
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Ethanol

No. None of the COVID vaccines contain live virus and you CANNOT get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The immune response to the vaccine can give you symptoms such as fever and body aches. These typically last 1-3 days and then resolve. It takes at least 2 weeks for the body to develop immunity after vaccination. If you are exposed to COVID-19 just before or soon after vaccination, you could get sick with COVID-19 because you are not yet protected by vaccination.

Yes, it is advisable to receive the COVID vaccine even if one has had infection with COVID-19. The vaccine provides a stronger immune response against COVID than natural infection. Therefore, it is recommended to receive vaccine even after COVID-19 infection.
The MoHFW recommends waiting for 3 months after recovery from COVID-19 to get vaccinated. For more information, please visit: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/covid_vaccination/vaccination/faqs.html

Yes, as of July 2, 2021 the Union Ministry of Health and family Welfare (MoHFW) approved the vaccination of pregnant women against COVID-19.
Women may be vaccinated during any trimester of pregnancy with any approved vaccine.
See operational guidance (link to https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/OperationalGuidanceforCOVID19vaccinationofPregnantWoman.pdf)for additional details including fact sheets, counseling of pregnant women and reporting of adverse events.

Pregnant women are at increased risk of complications from COVID-19 infection, and benefits from vaccine outweigh the risks.

Yes, all the COVID vaccines can be given to breastfeeding women. Neither the person who receives the vaccine nor the infant is harmed by the vaccine. Breastfeeding is NOT a contra-indication to vaccination

Yes, all the COVID vaccines can be administered to women who are menstruating. Menstruation is NOT a contra-indication to vaccination

Last Updated on July 15, 2021

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