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Covishield Vs Covaxin: Which Is The Best Covid Vaccine In India?

Author : Admin   |   Date: Mar 10, 2021


After a long wait for the COVID-19 vaccine, finally, the process of vaccination has begun and it is successfully getting provided to citizens in different phases or waves. Currently, senior citizens above the age of 60 and those with comorbidities above 45 years of age are eligible. Many people who have already taken the vaccine have been sharing stories with their peers motivating others to opt for it too. Primarily there are two vaccines provided, one is Covishield and the other is Covaxin. And, that is why many people are wondering about Covishield vs Covaxin and which one is the best Covid Vaccine in India. If you have been wondering about the same, then do not worry, here is all you need to know about it.

Covishield vs Covaxin - As per Mohfw.gov.in

Covishield details 

  • Intramuscular vaccine
  • Developer - Developed by the Oxford-AstraZeneca and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).
  • Vaccine type - 
    • Prepared using the viral vector platform
    • Contains harmless chimpanzee adenovirus – ChAdOx1 incapable of infecting the receiver
    • Teaches the immune system to prepare a defence mechanism against the active virus.
    • Similar technology has been used for developing a vaccine against Ebola
    • Doses required - Two-dose regimen
  • Efficacy - A good result of 81.3% efficacy rate, as per Medical News Today. 
  • Price - Free in government hospitals and Rs 250 per dose for private hospitals and clinics.
  • Covishield side effects - Most common:
    • Pain or tenderness at the injection site
    • Headache
    • Tiredness
    • Muscle or joint aches
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Nausea

Covaxin details

  • Intramuscular vaccine
  • Developer - Developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech International Ltd in association with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology (NIV).
  • Vaccine Type - 
    • Inactivated vaccine
    • Developed with Whole-Virion Inactivated Vero Cell-derived technology
    • Containing inactive viruses, Covaxin teaches the immune system to prepare a defence mechanism against the active virus.
    • Similar technology has been used for developing vaccines for various diseases like Seasonal influenza, Rabies, Polio and more.
  • Doses required - Two dose regimen
  • Efficacy - A good result of 80.6% efficacy rate, as per Medical News Today. 
  • Price - Free in government hospitals and Rs 250 per dose for private hospitals and clinics.
  • Covaxin side effects - Most common:
    • Injection site pain or swelling or redness or itching
    • Stiffness in the upper arm
    • Weakness in injection arm
    • Body ache 
    • Headache 
    • Fever 
    • Malaise 
    • Weakness 
    • Rashes 
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting

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