Read on to know what experts have to say about the coronavirus vaccination drive for young women.

COVID-19: A helpful coronavirus vaccination guide for young women

In an attempt to curtail the spread of the pandemic, the government has now opened the coronavirus vaccine registration for people above the age of 18. This segment includes the majority of the nation’s population. Hence, the coronavirus vaccination drive is expected to bring some relief to the pandemic-affected country. 

However, there have been some myths floating around on social media that have caused some concern for young women. Read on to know more about how safe the vaccine is for women, if there are any side-effects of the coronavirus vaccination for women, and how to get the COVID vaccine in India.

Is the COVID vaccine safe for young women?

Yes, the vaccine is safe for young women, but its use can differ based on whether or not the woman is pregnant. Here are three things to know in this regard: 

1. The vaccine is safe for all non-pregnant women

The coronavirus vaccine is absolutely safe for all non-pregnant women. This includes all women below as well as above the age of 45. There have been some rumours floating around on social media platforms that say menstruating women should not get the jab but there is no concrete evidence to substantiate this. 

Doctors say that women can take the COVID-19 vaccine any time of the month, regardless of their period cycle. It is also entirely safe for women to get vaccinated during their period. This will not impact their hormonal cycle or immunity in any manner. 

2. The vaccine should not be taken by pregnant women 

There are not as many studies that prove the safety of the vaccine for pregnant women. Hence, vaccination during pregnancy is not yet advised by doctors. However, these findings may change if there is a vaccine update in the future.

It is advisable to contact your doctor and get an update every few days, as there could be newer developments in the recommended use of the vaccine. 

3. The vaccine is safe for lactating women

While it may not be advised to take the jab during pregnancy, women can get vaccinated after childbirth. The vaccination has been deemed fit for lactating women. In fact, many experts have stated that the antibodies can be passed on to the child from the mother while feeding and further protect the child against the deadly disease. 

However, women should consult a doctor before getting a shot in the interests of safety.

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What should women do before getting the vaccine?

There are no special guidelines to follow before taking the vaccine shot, but these suggestions may help:

  • Sleep for at least eight hours the night before getting the coronavirus vaccination. Good sleep is linked to good immunity and can improve the efficacy of the vaccine. 
  • Eat healthy foods and ensure an optimal combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fibre in your diet. This can improve your overall health.
  • Avoid smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol as these can lower your body’s natural immune response. 
  • Stay calm and avoid unnecessary stress. Remember, the vaccine is here to help you, and there is nothing to worry about.

What should women expect after getting the vaccine?

Based on some reports, women may experience more side effects than men. However, there is no need to panic as this is a normal response of the body to the coronavirus vaccine. In case of mild symptoms like fever, fatigue, or muscle pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

In case of a rare severe reaction, do not hesitate to contact a doctor at the earliest. 

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How can one register for the COVID vaccine?

Women over the age of 18 can schedule an appointment on the official COWIN website or the Arogya Setu app. Both these portals require the following information for vaccine registration:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Year of birth 
  • An identity proof such as Aadhaar or PAN card

After registering on the portal, book an appointment by following these steps: 

  • Select a state and district or enter the PIN code
  • Browse through the vaccination centres and pick a slot based on availability and proximity 
  • On the day of the vaccine, carry a photo ID proof¸such as your Aadhaar card
  • Download the vaccination certificate for future reference 

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Last words

The vaccine is now the only weapon the country has against the pandemic. Hence, it is important for people of all ages to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of vaccines at the moment, but new stock is expected to arrive in the coming months. Till then, it is strongly advised to keep looking for slots and get vaccinated if you get the opportunity. Do not pay attention to baseless rumours; take the jab to protect yourself and your loved ones.