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The COVID-19 virus has changed the course of human history and our way of life. While restricting our outdoor activities has made us more health-conscious and aware, it has also made us more aware of our surroundings. In these trying times, the COVID-19 vaccination is surely a beacon of hope.

Covishield, developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech International Ltd in association with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology, are two widely available vaccines in India (NIV). 

Both of these vaccines require two doses in order to develop antibodies that protect against the COVID-19 virus. The majority of the people have already received their first dosage of the vaccine. Before you take the second dose, there are a few things you should be aware of.

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1. You may have experienced side effects such as fever, soreness, body ache, headache, and other symptoms after receiving your first dosage of the vaccine. It is said that after the second dose, you may have more severe side effects.

2. The side effects from the second dose will most likely go away in 24 to 72 hours. To effectively deal with the side effects, it is advised that you get enough rest, take paracetamol if you have a fever, and drink plenty of fluids.

3. After getting the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, do not go outside or move around without a mask. It takes around two weeks for the vaccine to provide protection against the virus. The person's immunity is believed to be somewhat low during these two weeks while the body is busy making antibodies.

4. To effectively protect yourself against the COVID-19 virus, continue to follow the protocols and safety strategies, such as maintaining social distance, wearing a mask, and practising good hand hygiene.

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