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Can I get COVID-19 vaccinated or not? Doctor’s answer to 22 questions

COVID-19 vaccine in Nepal.

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Currently, the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccine giving campaign is underway in Nepal for the age group above 65 years. But many are confused about who should be vaccinated and who should not. Dr. Anup Bastola who is Infectious Diseases Specialist of Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Diseases Hospital has written in 22 points on his Facebook about the inquiries of the parents and family members who came to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Can a person get vaccinated who is taking Warfarin medicine (used to treat blood clots)?
Yes, he/she can.

Is it possible for a person who is taking Aspirin and/or Clopilet to get vaccinated?
Yes, you can get vaccinated.

Can a person be vaccinated who has a penicillin allergy (bacterial infection)?
Yes, he/she can.

I am taking blood pressure medicine, can I be vaccinated?
Yes, you can.

I am taking diabetes medication and insulin, can I get vaccinated?
Yes, you can.

I had a breast cancer operation a few years ago, can I get vaccinated?
Yes, you can.

I had an appendix operation some time ago, can I get vaccinated?
Yes, you can.

It’s been 3 months since I was diagnosed with cancer, can I get vaccinated?
Yes, you can.

My father is 93 years old. What should we do?
Get him vaccinated.

I am HIV positive, I have been taking ART for 12 years, everything is fine. Should I be vaccinated or not?
Yes, you can.

My uncle has an Aneurysm in his stomach, can he get vaccinated?
Yes, he can.

I have a cold, can I get vaccinated?
Get COVID-19 tested and then we can consult.

My father is taking medication for mental illness, can he get vaccinated?
Yes, he can. Necessary to get vaccinated.

I am taking bath medicine. What should I do?
Get vaccinated.

It’s been 1 month since I tested positive for Covid, should I get vaccinated now?
Yes get vaccinated.

I am taking prostate medicine, what to do?
Get vaccinated.

I have a spinal problem, I’m taking medicine, what to do?
Get vaccinated.

I have kidney problems, I am taking medicine, can I get vaccinated?
Yes, you can.

I am doing dialysis, what should I do?
Get Vaccinated.

I have a kidney transplant, what to do?
Get vaccinated.

I’ve been diagnosed with leukemia, I am being treated, should I be vaccinated or not?
After checking the report of treatment method, condition, and blood, we can consult either to get vaccinated or not.

I’m taking anti-depressant medication, can I get a vaccine?
Yes, you can.

I know you guys have some other queries you might want to ask more about this COVID-19 vaccine. I did research and provide you the data about vaccine arrived in Nepal. Please have a look.

Which vaccine has arrived in Nepal?
The name of the COVID-19 vaccine that arrived in Nepal is Covishield. It is also known as the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Covishield is the trade name for this vaccine. Its codename is AZD1222.

Where is the vaccine made?
The COVID-19 vaccine available in Nepal is made at the Serum Institute of India (SII). Founded 55 years ago in Pune, India by Cyrus S. Punawala, SII is now the world’s largest company producing and selling COVID-19 vaccine. The company claims that its vaccines are used in 170 countries around the world.

Is it a vaccine developed by India or Serum?
No, The COVID-19 vaccine was developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca in the UK. AstraZeneca is a multinational pharmaceutical company with British and Swedish investment headquartered in the UK. It was uncertain whether the vaccine would work during the trial. At that time, Punewala, also known as Vaccine King of India, had started the production of 40 million doses in collaboration with these organizations.

How did this vaccine come to Nepal?
One million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been received free of charge by the Indian people and government as a gift to the Nepalese people and government.
While the Indian government is launching the vaccination campaign in its own country, it has sent one million doses of vaccine to Nepal, two million to Bangladesh, one million to the Maldives, and one hundred and fifty thousand to Bhutan.

How did the vaccine come about so quickly?
On September 8, 2020, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Jageshwor Gautam, told that the Covid-19 vaccine will not be available in Nepal this year. On December 27, 2020, a news item was published in Kantipur under the headline ‘Estimates of Rs. 7 American dollars may cost this Indian Vaccine’.

Speaking to BBC Nepali only last week, Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi had said, That is why the support of the governments of the countries concerned is needed. ‘
He said that Nepal was preparing to procure the required COVID-19 vaccine from India for 20 percent of the population.
The government also called for donations to the Vaccine Fund to purchase vaccines.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine available in Nepal approved by the WHO?
No, But the WHO is preparing to approve it. According to WHO documents, there is 15 COVID-19 vaccine on the line for emergency use. Among them, a decision on the vaccine produced at the Serum Institute in Nepal is expected by mid-February. According to the document, so far the WHO has only approved the emergency use of vaccines made by Pfizer and Bio N Tech. The name of this vaccine is Comirnaty. It is also known as tozinameran or BNT162b.

Covaccine vaccine or Covshield vaccine in Nepal?
Covaccine is not allowed for emergency use in countries other than India, Covishield does. So, here in Nepal, the approval of vaccines is for Covshield but not for Covaccine.The Department of Drug Administration of Nepal has approved this vaccine. However, many are confused as to whether Covaccine is Covshield or not.

What is the effectiveness of the vaccine that came to Nepal?
The WHO says it is not a “perfect” COVID-19 vaccine that protects everyone and is completely safe for everyone. An effective vaccine that can cause some unpleasant side effects while building immunity. But they are usually not very difficult to make and disappear quickly.
Its effectiveness is said to be 62 to 90 percent. This is the preliminary result of the third phase of the trial.

Isn’t this vaccine brought to trial Nepalis?
No, Clinical trials are necessary for vaccine development. The Oxford-Estrogen vaccine was tested in the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, and India. A 28-year-old Brazilian doctor volunteer died during the trial in October 2020. He had a placebo instead of a vaccine. Vaccine development is possible because of the hundreds of volunteers who participate in the trial like him.

The trial is about to take place in Nepal as well. Clover Biopharmaceuticals Australia and Vaccine PTY Limited, Australia are preparing to test the third phase of the COVID-19 vaccine, Kantipur reported on December 10. According to the news, the trial of Clover is being conducted at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Maharajgunj and Dhulikhel Hospital under Kathmandu University.

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