Mental Preparedness before getting vaccinated

The Covid-19 virus came with no prior warning. Not only did it rattle the global healthcare sector, but also threw the global economy, completely out of gear. Exactly a year ago, researches and studies began to find out an answer to the dreaded virus. It was not impossible but a dream for sure, then. Today, thanks to the stupendous and tireless efforts of our distinguished scientists, the dream has transformed into reality, in the form of indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccinations, much to the delight of everyone.

While vaccinations have been administered in the past to prevent diseases like Cholera and Polio, the Covid-19 vaccine had to be a new discovery and tested not once but multiple times, to prove that it is completely safe and effective. Over and above this, convincing the consumer about its safety with bare minimal side effects too was a challenge for doctors. All this required getting people mentally prepared to take the vaccine.

Here, we talk about how to get mentally prepared to take the vaccine.

Vaccines and Covid-19

A cocktail of emotions, while dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, including extreme fear, anxiety, panic, grief, guilt, loss of loved ones and uncertainty about livelihood, have all led to countless health issues. Today, with two of the most effective vaccines developed by our own country and successfully in use, citizens can breathe a bit easy with hope of surviving the effects of the deadly virus. Being the first of its kind to be developed within India, there surely will be certain doubts among citizens on its effectiveness and after effects. However, the point to be remembered here is that no vaccine is released for public use unless it is certified to be completely safe and adequate alternative medication is made available to cope up with any possible after effect. It is more to be prepared mentally and feel completely confident.

How do we prepare mentally to get vaccinated?

With different types of vaccines available now to choose from, the doubts in the minds of citizens about which one is most effective, is quite understandable. In many ways, Covid-19 vaccines are just like the other vaccines, you would have seen before. It is therefore necessary to plan your vaccination schedule in such a way that you give yourself sufficient time to recover from possible after effects of the vaccine, which in most of the cases, are very mild.

Here are a few suggestions.

1. Plan your appointment

It is wise to plan your appointment before any significant commitment to help you overcome any mild side effect. Choose a vaccination centre close by to your residence.

2. Maintain the same vaccine across both the dozes

It is very important to the same vaccine type till you finish both the schedules dozes. Any change of vaccine type in the intermediate period can lead to certain side effects.

3. Have pain relievers on hand

Side effects are normal after vaccination. Most people experience mild side effects like fever, pain at the vaccination site or headache. It is good to keep some pain relievers like paracetamol tablets in stock.

4. Stay hydrated

Have your routine breakfast or lunch depending upon your scheduled appointment for vaccination and stay hydrated. Some people may get nervous when they get any kid of shot. This can make them feel dizzy. Proper nutrition and hydration can combat that.

5. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking

Stay away from Alcohol and Smoking before and a couple of days after vaccination. This will help in managing after effects of the vaccine in a better way.

The Bottom Line

Intense efforts have gone into the development of vaccines for Covid-19. While vaccination is extremely important, it is also necessary to adhere to Covid-19 protocols strictly, to stay protected. The best solution to reduce anxiety is to go the nearest designated vaccination centre and get vaccinated.

For more information on Covid-19 vaccinations please get in touch with our medical experts at Sagar Hospitals in Bangalore. Stay Safe Stay Healthy.

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