Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech Release Fact Sheets On Who Should Avoid Taking Covid-19 Vaccines 
A health worker holds a Covid-19 vaccine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg)

Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech Release Fact Sheets On Who Should Avoid Taking Covid-19 Vaccines 

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Serum Institute of India Ltd. and Bharat Biotech International Ltd. released fact sheets on Tuesday, advising people on who should avoid taking Covid-19 vaccines, at a time when at least seven people have been hospitalised after participating in the world’s largest inoculation drive.

Covaxin Fact Sheet

Bharat Biotech's fact sheet on Covaxin has advised pregnant or breastfeeding women, besides people with high fever or bleeding disorders, not to take the antidote. The fact sheet posted on the company's website said the clinical efficacy of the vaccine is yet to be established and is being studied in Phase 3 clinical trial. Hence, the vaccine maker warned that receiving the shot did not mean other precautions related to Covid- 19 need not be followed.

"You should not get Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin if you have any history of allergies. Have high fever. Have bleeding disorder or are a blood thinner. Immune compromised or are a medicine that affects your immune system. Are pregnant. Are breast feeding. Have received another Covid-19 vaccine. Any other serious health related issues, as determined by the vaccinator/officer supervising vaccination," the fact sheet said.

The fact sheet also asked people to inform the vaccinator or a supervising official about their medical condition before taking the vaccine.

Covishield Fact Sheet

Serum Institute of India, on the other hand, advised people who are severely allergic to any ingredient of Covishield not to take the Covid-19 vaccine.

According to the fact sheet, one should not take the second shot of Covishield if they had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of the vaccine.

The ingredients of Covishield vaccine are "L-Histidine, L-Histidine hydrochloride monohydrate, Magnesium chloride hexahydrate, Polysorbate 80, Ethanol, Sucrose, Sodium chloride, Disodium edetate dihydrate (EDTA), Water for injection," Serum Institute said.

The fact sheet also says that if a person is pregnant or plans to become pregnant or is breastfeeding she should tell the healthcare provider before taking the jab.

The recipients should also mention to the healthcare provider, if they have fever, if they have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner and also if they are immuno-compromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system, SII added.

According to the Union health ministry, a total of 3,81,305 beneficiaries had been vaccinated for Covid-19 in the country till 5 p.m. on Monday and 580 adverse events following immunisation were reported. At least seven of these people have been hospitalised so far.

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