(Know all about Covaxin and Covishield in details!)
A complete guideline about what is Covaxin & what is Covishield:
Welcome to our page! If you are still struggling to find out the appropriate difference between the two vaccines, that is, Covaxin & Covishield and can’t decide on what to go for, then you are on the right page.
As you all know that the third phase of vaccination is going on now, where people, between the ages of 18-45 can start enrolling themselves through online registrations and take the life-saving shots.
However, it is seen that in many states, adults are not getting the chance of enrolling themselves in the online registration apps due to shortage of vaccines. In this kind of situation where vaccines are almost not available and there is a huge shortage of the same, people should not think whether it is Covaxin or Covishield if they are at least getting a chance to get vaccinated.
The big reason behind this is that, the main purpose and aim of both the two vaccines are same, that is, to remind and teach our immune system to form a protective shield to fight the deadly virus. However, the only difference between the two is related to its formation, that is, both are formed in a different way.
Let’s discuss the exact difference in the formation of the two in details.
|Developer||Developed by Hyderabad – based Bharat Biotech International Ltd along with the National Institute of Virology (NIV) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)||Developed by the Oxford-AstraZeneca and manufactured by the SII – (the Serum Institute of India)|
|Type||It’s an inactivated vaccine. It has been formed on a tested and tried platform of dead viruses.||It has been developed using viral vector platform, a totally different technology from that of Covaxin. Thus, it can be called as an activated vaccination.|
|Technology||It has been developed with Whole-Virion Inactivated Vero Cell-derived technology.||The ChAdOx1 – a Chimpanzee adenovirus was modified in order to enable it to carry COVID-19 spike protein into human cells.|
|Contains Inactivated Viruses||Yes, it contains inactivated viruses that cannot infect us, but can teach our immune system to form a protective mechanism against the active deadly COVID virus.||No, it doesn’t contain inactivated or dead viruses. The ChAdOx1, an active adenovirus is modified in such a way so that it can carry COVID-19 spike protein to human cells. However, this active virus carrying the COVID -19 spike protein cannot infect the receiver but can teach our immune system to build a protective mechanism to fight the deadly COVID 19 virus.|
|Other conventional vaccines of the same technology||The same technology of Covaxin was used to prepare vaccines for other deadly diseases almost decades ago like Rabies, Polio, Pertussis, Seasonal Influenza and Japanese Encephalitis.||The same technology of Covishield was used to prepare vaccines for other deadly virus like Ebola.|
|Doses||It follows a 2-dose regimen with a gap of 28 days between the two.||It too follows the same regimen as Covaxin.|
|Storage||It can easily be stored at 2-8 degrees centigrade.||It too can easily be stored at 2-8 degrees centigrade.|
|Results / Effectiveness||Satisfactory à81% as per the global reports according to interim 3rd phase trial results.||Satisfactory à90% as per the global reports according to interim 3rd phase trial results.|
|Side effects||You may experience a slight pain in hand where the injection has been pushed, headache, a slight feverish feeling or may be joint pains. But, these are temporary and will persist for a day or two.||Here, the side effects are almost the same as Covaxin.|
|Approvals||Covaxin is restricted for authorization in clinical trial mode.||Covishield is allowed for authorization in clinical trial mode in situations of emergency as it can potentially prevent people of 18 yrs or above from this deadly disease.|
|Market Authorization||No, the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) has not given market authorization permission to this vaccine till now.||No, this vaccine too hasn’t got the market selling approval till now.|
|Price of Vaccine||Free of cost at Government Health Centres. However, Rs. 250 is being charged for inoculation of the same at private hospitals.||The price of Covishield is exactly same as Covaxin.|
|Administration Mode||It’s an intramuscular vaccine.||It’s too an intramuscular vaccine.|
|Beneficiaries’ Age||It can be given to people aged 12 years and above. However, there is no assurance whether children or pregnant women can have the vaccine or not.||It can be given to people aged 18 years and above. However, there is no assurance whether children or pregnant women can have the vaccine or not.|
Thus, it is very clear from the above table, that the formation of two vaccines are different, however their main aim and working results are almost same. They both aim at teaching our immune system to form a defense mechanism against the deadly COVID 19 virus and these ultimately help us to fight this disease.
And moreover the effectiveness of both the vaccines, worldwide is quite impressive and almost same. Therefore, you should easily opt for any one of the two if you get lucky to get inoculated someday in these times of shortage of vaccines in India.
Hope you will take the right decision…
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COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Process
Finally when the vaccine has arrived, we need to motivate ourselves to avail the same. There are some restrictions though. An online registration is must for an available slot. In this video we would like to educate everyone to know the process. We do encourage everyone to get vaccinated as this is the need of the hour. Lets be safe and stay indoors. Maintain social distance and mask-up. This content is meant for a social cause. So do share the info.
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