Doc, what kind of covid-19 vaccine should I take? – The Sun Nigeria


I will be damned. My Igbere clan has a proverb “adakpa ezi-uka, okuku elieru gara nnò”. Translation “During serious deliberation, a fowl will exuberantly accord to the toilet”. Last week I discussed the frequent deaths of people over 50 from covid-19. I had asked people to go get vaccinated against covid-19. Then the floodgates opened. Emails, WhatsApp and texts were exploding, people asking me what type and what brand of vaccine to take. I expected questions about vaccine safety, not the brand. Most of them then transferred the responsibility of deciding on the type of covid-19 vaccine to me, so I could be blamed if their bodies started transmitting light or magnetizing metallic objects.

Some came with bizarre comments, including threats, that they would hold me responsible, if anything untoward happened to them or their families, since I was encouraging them to take the covid-19 vaccine. . At one point in this covid-19 tangle, the world was split equally in two, pro and con. We have heard very implausible reasons for what might happen if you take the vaccine. Everyone had a very fertile dangerous idea.

Contrary to the expectations of the majority of my readers, I will only mention the types of vaccines available, the responsibility of deciding which type of covid-19 vaccine to take lies with you. There are about 5 types of covid-19 vaccines available, which include

BioNTech Pfizer vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Moderna vaccine.

Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

Sputnik V.

It should be understood that all authorized and recommended covid-19 vaccines are safe within the limits of human error. The vaccines are all effective and lower your risk of serious illness. It is not for any health official, including doctors, to recommend one vaccine over another. . The choice is absolutely yours. If you are afraid or suspect that you might be developing a serious allergic reaction – anaphylaxis or immediate allergic reaction, to any of the ingredients in the vaccine, possibly due to the experience of your loved ones, you can always see your doctor, who will help you. will help to make a choice. .

You should receive your second injection as close to the recommended 3-4 week interval as possible. However, your second injection can be given up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose if needed. Serious side effects that could cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely after a covid-19 vaccination.

Vaccine surveillance has historically shown that side effects usually occur within 6 weeks of receiving a dose of vaccine. There may be the following reactions after the first dose of covid-19 vaccine. On the arm – pain, redness and swelling. The whole body – fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea.

If you have had a severe or immediate allergic reaction after receiving the covid-19 vaccine, you should not receive a second dose of the same brand. You should wait 8 weeks and then switch to a different type and brand of covid-19 vaccine. In terms of reaction, you can take ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, antihistamines for any pain and discomfort you may feel after the vaccination. Always be medically guided.

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