SunstarTV Bureau: Vaccine makers Bharat Biotech had warned in a fact sheet that who can take Covaxin shot or not, on Monday.
It mentioned, those who have weaker immunity or are on a medicine that affects their immune system and people with allergies must not take the Covaxin shot.
Earlier, the government had said that patients who are on immuno-suppressants or suffer from immune deficiency could take the vaccine but the response would be less effective in such individuals.
Usually, cancer patients who are on chemotherapy, HIV-positive people and those who are on steroids are immune-suppressed.
India has started vaccinating lakhs using two Covid vaccines – the home-made Covaxin and the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine Covishield produced by Serum Institute of India.
Some 580 adverse reactions have been reported, the government said yesterday, and two deaths – in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, that are unrelated to the vaccine.
Bharat Biotech’s fact-sheet says those with a history of allergies, those who have fever, those who have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner, those pregnant or breastfeeding, and those with any other serious health-related issues must not be injected with Covaxin.
Recipients are warned of severe allergic reaction that may include difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face and throat, fast heart-beat, rashes all over the body, dizziness and weakness.
Those receiving jabs are urged to disclose their medical conditions, medicines they are taking and allergies.