Taking an approved COVID-19 vaccine, is undoubtedly one of the best ways to prevent yourself from catching the virus or having a severe medical episode should you get infected.
The vaccines are medicine’s preventative answer to fighting the virus and eventually stopping the spread altogether.
As a result, a number of pharmaceutical companies went into research to develop vaccines to help fight the pandemic.
In Ghana, the government have approved the Astra Zeneca, Sputnick V and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.
This week, the government healthcare workers are administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine which is officially called the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in 11 selected Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies in Greater Accra Region and the Ashanti Region.
These are identified hotspots of COVID-19 infections in the country.
As this is the first time the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine is being administered in the country, here’s a bit of resource information you need to know if you going to take the vaccine this week.
The first thing you need to know is that if you have taken any of the previous vaccines, you are not supposed to take this vaccine.
When you take the vaccine, there is a possibility that you would experience pain at the site of injection for about 2 days.
Just with any of the vaccines out there, you might experience mild to moderate side effects after taking the vaccine. These include redness, swelling, and pain at the injection site, fever, fatigue, headache, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pain, and/or joint pain. This may last for about one to two days after they start, which is often within the first three days after vaccination (the day after vaccination is the most common). If the side effects are too severe then you can visit a hospital.
The vaccination does not take full effect immediately after taking it. It mostly takes 14 days after the day of taking the vaccine before it provides its full protection.
Taking the vaccine is not full proof, you have to still observe all COVID-19 safety protocols such as wearing a face mask, washing hands, social distancing among others.
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