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Covaxin, Covishield not for everyone — manufacturers list who should avoid the Covid vaccines

Both Bharat Biotech and SII released factsheets indicating which categories of people should be exempted from the list of beneficiaries. See the full list here.

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New Delhi: The indigenous Covaxin cannot be administered on those who are immune-compromised or are on a medication, a factsheet released by manufacturer Bharat Biotech said.

According to the factsheet, released Monday, those who should be exempted from the list of beneficiaries include individuals with a history of allergies, who have a fever, bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner, are immune-compromised, pregnant, breastfeeding or have any other serious health related issues.

The Centre had earlier said that those with an immune deficiency can also take vaccines although the efficacy among such individuals might be less.

The Serum Institute of India (SII) also released a factsheet Tuesday that said its Covishield vaccine cannot be used for those who have suffered from severe allergic reaction “after a previous dose of this vaccine” or have “had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of the vaccine”.

Graphic by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint
Graphic by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Also read: 52 adverse events after Covid vaccine reported in Delhi on first day of immunisation drive

Risks of the vaccine

Covaxin was mired in controversy after it got the green signal from the government on “clinical trial mode” earlier this month even though the third phase of the trials is still ongoing. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had explained that this would mean that all the vaccine recipients will be tracked as if they’re in a trial.

While highlighting that the vaccine was found to generate immunity following two doses given four weeks apart, the guidelines also stressed: “However, the clinical efficacy of COVAXIN is yet to be established and it is still being studied in phase 3 clinical trial. Hence, it is important to appreciate that receiving the vaccine does not mean that other precautions related to Covid-19 need not be followed.”

“All the vaccine recipients will be followed-up for a period of three months after the 2nd dose of vaccination,” the guidelines stated.

It further said that if the recipient suffers from serious adverse events, they “will be provided medically recognized standard of care” and compensation will be paid by Bharat Biotech “if the SAE is proven to be causally related to the vaccine”.

The side effects of the two vaccines as outlined in the factsheets are more or less the same.

Graphic by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint
Graphic by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

The roll out of the vaccine also witnessed doctors in Delhi and West Bengal expressing concerns over being inoculated with the Covaxin.

Also read: Hesitancy persists over Covaxin but doctors still take shots as ‘vaccination the only way out’


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  1. Adjuvant used in Covaxin is a superior one .Effectiveness of this vaccine should offer better results in future . Efficacy should turn out better than others .This vaccine uses a dead covid virus .New strains ,mutants can also be used in future to raise the efficacy & effectiveness of the vaccine in future.

  2. Today Rome can be built in year.
    Please restrict to meaningful discussion.
    Can paracetamol not cause nausea, vomiting.
    Can tetracycline not cause skin rash.
    Basic purpose is to way benefits against risk.
    Nowadays there is no need to start from scratch.
    For new car we use basic technology. Then modify it as per the requirements.
    Covaxine should be safe and effective.
    Please don’t scare common people and confuse them.

  3. It proves that “rome was not build in a day” As a life saving COVID vaccine cannot be developed in a short span of a year

  4. The Print. Is there any agency to provide clarification at individual level before going in for vaccination. Please provide agency contact details and procedure. Thanks & Regards.

  5. The Print,
    Is there any agency to provide further clarification needed at individual level, before going in for vaccination. Please inform with contact details and procedure. Thanks & Regards.

  6. The data is not shared with the public at all. The govt should not allow rollout of the vaccine when it is in 3rd trial phase. What is the quality of this vaccine. This Covid vaccine should provide shield to the most venerable people i.e. people with diabetes, BP & heart conditions, however they are excluding them from this list. I am observing vaccination program of other countries as well, they are doing this with proper planning and tracking which is missing here.

  7. If it’s having so many side effects, then why it has been given to people, is that vaccine is approved . It’s like incomplete research on vaccine with so many drawback.

  8. I want to tell the freed man our Pm did not bring the covid-19 instead he helped us with ration during our bandh days so how can the vaccine harm us it has been manufactured by the medical company so how can he be responsible. It is u who have to decide to take the vaccine or not.

  9. Side effects are same as the symptoms of covid 19
    So it’s need to be certified first after that anyone should take this

  10. Kuch b matlab kuch b 🥱🥱🥱
    Because some people are started dying after vaccination and here u giving clarification now 🙏🙏🙏

  11. Let your own body work. It has natural mechanism to create antibodies. If vaccine is not for the coborbid or immunocompromised, if it is only for healthy population, it is vague… As the healthy have own capacity to fight against the virus.

  12. What a vaccine… Person for whom it should be actually its not… Seriously politics play alot for a life to live in this earth…..

  13. Means people taking bp medicine cannot take this vaccine shot….game over…. In india atleast 15 % public is on blood thinner medicine…. What next…

  14. People who can not have vaccine

    Aged above 60, taking thyroid tabs, bp, sugar tabs, head ache tabs, leg pain, hand pain, body pain tabs, vitamin tabs, … anybody with 100% perfect health can have vaccine.

  15. So India has become a trial area for companies to test their vaccum,the best part is, government is running the show!?

  16. It means we are really at the Mercy Of God.

    This also means that The Neem Hakim approach of single Vaccine is not working, as The Virus
    does have Surviving instinct.


  17. I don’t believe this vaccine, it could be like modi regime… It could be like patanjali vaccine and full of cow urea and nothing else.
    They are just joking with the common people, as they did previously to gain votes in Pulwama, uri, surgical strike, air strike etc through arnab goberswami republic channel, which is now in black and white picture to the whole India, how they making fools more foolish by doing this propaganda..
    Better to refrain from taking this vaccine, instead eat good food and produce your own immunity against the diseases.

  18. Those who are immunocompromised or are on blood thinners ( after cardiac surgeries), they are only the people more prone to acquiring the infection in the first place. If they can’t take the vaccine, then what is the point even. 🤦🤦

    • I think so .A person suffering from rhintis has a drain function working in his lymphatics .So anaphylaxis should be ruled out if it’s done in peak summer and if the patient can manage high DAO levels and his daily routine & habits in order two months before & after the vaccination.

  19. The western economies have “promoted” their “med tech” in their greed. Those have joined this bandwagon in other economies are in a dilemma. Their is “zero” or even negative understanding about what “living” or life is. We are forced to live in a world of after the event disclaimers.

    • I wish people who are against vaccine shouldnt have taken polio measles rubella TB tetanus hepatitis B and so on…the world would have been better place with those people who risk others and themselves to the society

  20. Seems to be a good business manouver. Get the approval and license first and then publish the side effects and list of people who can’t receive !!

  21. There is nothing new in mentioning that someone allergic to any of component of a product will be at a greater level of risk after having it -the main challenge is in ensuring the competency among general practitioner to identify it and developing a less riskier alternative one. There must be a supreme court monitored investigation to get the reason behind an elected central government’s blitzkrieg to promote a particular brand bypassing established regulatory norms at the cost of public health -this also throws light on why the details of contributors at different ‘care’ and ‘bond’ can’t be treated outside the domain of basic interest of any common citizen irrespective of verbose opposition by paid parasites.

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