For Doctors Emergency Care Medikoe LogoDr Specialisation
Book AppointmentHealth HubMedicommunity
Home > Health Hub > Article > Precautions After Vaccination For COVID-19

Precautions After Vaccination For COVID-19

Medikoe Health Expert

Medikoe Health Expert

  Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru     Jun 25, 2021

   4 min     



The battle against COVID-19 is at its zenith, with several people getting themselves vaccinated against the deadly virus. While there has not been a case of any side effect on anyone, a few recipients have demonstrated some adverse effects or mild illness of the vaccination.

Here are a few of the things you need to take care of after you get yourself vaccinated.

Precautions at the injected site

  • After the vaccine shot, keep the spot clean and apply a cold, wet, clean washcloth over the area.
  • Move and exercise the arm.
  • If you are on blood thinners, a mild pressure will aid to reduce bruising.
  • If there is constant pain, you may take ibuprofen or paracetamol unless opposed by your doctor.
  • The pain and inflammation will go away in some days, but if in a dilemma, consult with your doctor.
  • Generalised mild side effects may feel like the flu and may even impair your ability to do regular activities but will go away in a few days.
  • These side effects are a consequence of the soreness that is occurring within your body. Your body reacts to the vaccination and is acting to battle off the simulated virus. These signs reveal that your body is forming a healthy immune response. Do not medicate before taking the vaccination in order to overcome the side effects of the vaccine, and take medicines only if you see any signs of discomfort (you may keep paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen or antihistamines at your place if you want).
  • Drink enough fluids
  • Immunity-boosting foods are advised to aid a quick recovery. It is recommended to have diets with high water content and with anti-inflammatory properties.

Keep up the general covid precautionary behaviours. 

It’s essential that you continue to follow all the preventive measures of COVID-19 after you have been vaccinated. This is because COVID-19 vaccines have shown capable of preventing people from contracting the virus, but we still don’t know whether they stop people from transferring the infection onto others.  

Continue to save yourself and others around you by:

  • Keeping at least a 1-metre of distance between you and others. 
  • Cleaning your hands thoroughly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 secs or use hand sanitiser — as much as you can. 
  • Wearing a mask when you are in a public space or when you can’t maintain your distance from others
  • Interacting with people in well-oxygenated or outdoor spaces. 

This is primarily important until two weeks after you finish taking your second vaccination - as, during this time, your body is still developing strength against the virus.

Precautions for liquors along with the vaccine 

  • There is no proof that liquor or alcohol lessens the generation of antibodies but avoid drinking alcohol for at least 48 hours prior to and post-vaccination. This is a universal warning for any and all vaccinations. However, following your alcohol consumption in the days after receiving the vaccination is for a different purpose. It may progress your underlying morbidity.
  • Some people may encounter flu-like side effects after the vaccination, and alcohol may make these signs obnoxious. It is also probable for someone to confuse hangover signs with vaccine side effects.

Precautions while you are expecting the second dose.

  • It needs time for your body to develop protection after any sort of vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require two shots may not guard you until a week or two after your second dose.
  • Make sure that your underlying medical condition is well managed.

Note: Use all the means and precautions of distancing, masking, hygiene until real-life data is analysed

Precautions after you get your second shot of vaccine

If you have been vaccinated with the second shot, you may feel free to interact with other fully vaccinated friends. But, if you are unvaccinated, everyone should continue wearing masks. Form your vaccine bubble.

Precautions to exposure after vaccination. If you meet a known person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, you need not be in isolation if you:

  • are completely vaccinated (i.e. = 2 weeks post the second dose in a 2-dose series.)
  • are within three months post the final dose in the series.
  • have continued to be asymptomatic since the COVID-19 exposure.
  • These criteria may vary from state to state and through time.

Are you looking for a health expert?

Medikoe is an online platform that allows you to search and connect with the most qualified and experienced doctors near you. Have a query related to health? Get it answered for free within 24 hours only at Medikoe. Download Medikoe's Mobile app and book an appointment with a doctor for free.

Tags:  vaccination,General health ,Healthy diet,second dose, first dose, paracetamol, alcohol intake, side effects, second vaccination, first vaccination, covid vaccine

Note: We at Medikoe provide you with the best healthcare articles written and endorsed by experts of the healthcare industry to boost you knowledge. However, we strongly recommend that users consult a doctor or concerned service provider for expert diagnosis before acting on this information.

  0 Likes |    0 Comments |    0 Share |    318 Views