On the 19th of August, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet announced that it will open Covid-19 vaccines to all South African adults from Friday (20 August 2021). According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the COVID-19 vaccines produce protection against the disease, as a result of developing an immune response to the SARS-Cov-2 virus. ( https://www.who.int/ )
Whether you, or your family are planning on getting vaccinated, it is important to understand the Do’s and Don’ts of ensuring your vaccination preparation and recovery is as smooth as possible. Here are some of the things you need to consider when getting the COVID-19 vaccine:
● Drink a lot of water: Staying hydrated is extremely important both before and after your vaccination.
● Eat a well-balanced diet: To avoid serious side effects, a well-balanced diet is essential.
● Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep: When you get vaccinated, the body relies on immune responses to develop protection.
● Do some light exercise/physical activity: Listen to your body. Exercise supports blood circulation that can help in reducing vaccine side effects.
● Consult your doctor before the vaccination if you are on steroids or blood thinners.
● Continue with COVID-19 appropriate behaviour-The most important thing to do post-vaccination is to continue wearing masks, regularly washing, or sanitizing your hands, maintaining physical distance, avoid crowded places and avoid touching surfaces.
● Apply a clean, cool, and wet cloth (or some ice) over the arm after the vaccination to reduce the pain.
● Consume excessive amounts of alcohol and tobacco: Although there are no approved scientific studies that quantify the effect of alcohol or smoking on vaccination, it is advisable to avoid tobacco or alcohol consumption as it may aggravate and worsen vaccine side effects making the experience more stressful and unpleasant.
● Think that you are completely immune to COVID-19 after vaccination: No vaccine has a 100 percent success rate. You may contract COVID-19 even after being vaccinated but chances are the infection would be much milder.
● Delay consulting a doctor if you experience COVID-19 symptoms even after vaccination.
● Partake in strenuous physical activity for at least 2-3 days post vaccination: As your body needs time to recover from the side effects of the vaccine, avoid putting it in stress.
If you have not registered, visit: https://vaccine.enroll.health.gov.za/#/ to register for the COVID-19 Vaccine
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*Disclaimer: The information in this blog is purely factual and does not constitute advice. Members should seek individual medical advice.