India Fights COVID: Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccination Answered

India Fights COVID: Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccination Answered

As India battles second wave of coronavirus with COVID-19 vaccination programme being rolled out for all age groups above 18, NDTV speaks to Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital to answer some frequently asked questions on COVID-19 vaccination
India Fights COVID: Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccination AnsweredExperts feel that speeding up vaccination and following COVID appropriate behaviour are the two important keys to control the coronavirus outbreak in the country

New Delhi: According to the World Health Organisation, India continues to account for 95 per cent of COVID-19 cases and 93 per cent of deaths in the South-East Asia region, as well as 50 per cent of global cases and 30 per cent of global deaths. Experts feel that speeding up vaccination and following COVID appropriate behaviour are the two important keys to control the outbreak in the country. Banega Swasth India team speaks to Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital to answer frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination – how to go about it, is it safe, should one really get vaccinated and who are the people who should avoid talking it. Here’s what he said:

Viewer Question: Can pregnant women take vaccines?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: The recommendation was not there initially for pregnant women because there were no studies conducted for that group, so the safety profile was not known. But now the authorities, gynaecologists have come out and said that the beneficial effect is far more than the risk in this group. So, now it is being recommended that everyone should get vaccinated, be it the pregnant women or lactating mothers. However, you cannot force these women to get vaccinated, it should be entirely unto them as studies are still not done. But I am sure, in coming weeks it will be done. In USA, they have done studies for Pfizer and found it to be beneficial even for expecting and lactating mothers.

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Viewer Question: If one has consumed liquor in the evening, say about 100ml then can the person go for vaccination the next morning?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: Yes, you can take the COVID-19 vaccine. This recommendation of not taking it with alcohol actually came with Sputnik vaccine in Russia as they thought immunity is not that robust when you have a lot of drinks. But with 100ml it should not be a problem, obviously consumption should be limited.

Viewer Question: Can a person taking allergy shots for allergic asthma take the COVID vaccine?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: Asthmatic patients are not at risk from the vaccine. People who are allergic to the components of the vaccine should not supposed to take it. What one needs to know is that whenever they are going for the vaccine shot, they should clearly tell the doctor about their allergies so that the doctors are more careful while vaccinating those patients.

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Viewer Question: Can a seizure patient take the COVID vaccine?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: A seizure is usually defined as a sudden alteration of behavior due to a temporary change in the electrical functioning of the brain. Seizure patients can take the COVID-19 vaccine. The only contradiction with COVID vaccines is when the person is allergic to its components from which the vaccine is made. Otherwise all other individuals, even the seizure patients can take the COVID19 vaccine because its benefits actually outpour the risk involved currently with the disease.

Viewer Question: Is it safe to take vaccination during your menstrual cycle?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: Yes, absolutely. It is a very common myth. People think during their menstrual cycle the immunity in their body is low therefore it should be avoided. However, there is nothing like that. Top authorities and gynaecologist society have cleared that COVID-19 vaccination and menstrual cycle has nothing in common as a result one can get vaccinated while they are menstrurating.

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Viewer Question: Can a person on immunosuppressant take COVID-19 vaccine?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: Yes, they can take COVID19 vaccination. Because the vaccines in India are not made using the live virus, they are made using the dead virus. Therefore it is seen that they are reasonably safe even on people who are immune compromised.

Viewer Question: Can people with pacemaker take the vaccine?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: Since the start of the vaccination drive, it is being said that people with comorbidties should go and take the vaccine shot. People with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, all are at much more risk than anyone else for developing a severe disease. So, they are definitely the prime candidates for vaccination.

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Viewer Question: If COVID-19 vaccines contain mild coronavirus, so should people isolate themselves as they are the carriers of the disease?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: No. The vaccines are made using the dead virus, it is done so that the human immune response can prepare itself to fight the actual disease if the need arises. So, it is untrue that one can get infected from the vaccination itself. Though we have seen cases in our country that people are getting infected with the virus after the vaccination but that is from other sources like vaccination centres or other contacts.

Viewer Question: Can a person who has thyroid take the vaccine?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: Definitely, all thyroid patients are allowed to take the vaccination.

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Viewer Question: What are the drinking and smoking rules after the first jab of COVID19 vaccination?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: One can drink and smoke as usual. But limit the consumption, anyways smoking and drinking is not good for the health. We are also seeing how the COVID cases are rising day by day and we are seeing people with low immune system are developing a serious disease. These are all the factors which decrease your immunity and make your immune system unhealthy, so we should definitely avoid these risk factors.

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Viewer Question: If a person is suffering from a skin disease, should they take the vaccine?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: If you have a tendency for allergies you just need to inform your doctor at the vaccination centre. So that they are more careful. There is no need to panic, remember mostly all people can get vaccinated, they just need to be careful about the components used in the vaccine and should know that they are not allergic to those.

Viewer Question: After vaccination can one continue with gym and jogging?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: Yes, absolutely. One just need to make sure all precautions are taken – maintain social distancing, wear a mask and follow all COVID appropriate behaviour. Remember one can still get infected even after taking the COVID vaccine. So, the key really is to take the precautions.

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Viewer Question: Why do we need two doses of COVID vaccine and not one?

Dr Sutranjit Chatterjee: Basically, the first dose is where the antibodies are produced in the system to fight against the virus. The second shot is actually the dose that acts like a booster shot, which helps keeping the immunity alive for longer duration.

Viewer Question: Is it okay to not have side effects from COVID vaccine at all?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: Every body is different; everyone behaves differently to the vaccine. So, some people might get fever or headaches or soreness in their arms, some will not. If they don’t get the side-effects it does’t mean that the vaccine has not started to do its job or is not working.

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Viewer Question: If you get COVID-19 after getting the first jab will the complications of the disease be low?

Dr Suranjit Chatterjee: So, once you get the first jab it means you are immunised to the virus to some extent, so the possibility of you developing a severe disease becomes low. Though there are no studies done in this regard, but it has been seen that people who are getting infected and have taken the first dose of vaccine are better off when compared to people who have not taken the vaccine.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene


Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.


2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458


27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115


27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75


14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12


9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8


9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14


8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42


8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27


7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38


7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9


6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14


5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48


4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34


3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4


3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12


1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10


1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5


61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3


61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8


60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5


42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4


23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3


19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1


18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3


15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7



9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15


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