No side effects after Covishield second dose - take the jab!Happy to report that it was smooth sailing with the second dose of the Covishield vaccine. After the first dose, I had reported the normal side-effects. This time around, other than the upper arm pain and fatigue, nothing at all. I took the second dose last Saturday in the afternoon and after some hours passed by, towards night-time, I was mentally bracing myself for a headache - it never came! Neither that night nor the next day, there was no headache and no flu. Even the fatigue was a bit less than the earlier time, and I was able to do a few household chores too. I just idled, reading and staying off online work for three days.
The appointment booking was a different story, absolutely frustrating. As per the intimation that came on the screen when I logged in to the Cowin website, I was to take the second dose on 27th July and did manage to book a slot at a Govt. vaccine center. However, that morning I was feeling slightly unwell so opted not to go that day. After that, just could not get a slot. All slots were booked, and that too for the 18 and above age group at the Govt. vaccine centers. I heard that walk-in would be allowed, so rushed there but the vaccine was over, and was told that I had to come at 6 a.m. in the morning to book and get a token number! From there I went to two other centers and was told the same thing. So then I returned home and decided to go to a private hospital and pay for the second dose. I was glad I did because then there was a vaccine shortage and hence none of the Govt. centers were open for vaccination. I paid Rs.780/- and had to fill up a form there, went through the various processes of paying, showing ID, getting a token, etc, and was out within one hour. All in all, it was a relief and the amount paid was worth it, having lessened the tension of whether or not I would be able to get the second dose within the three months maximum it was supposed to be taken.
I encourage everyone not to hesitate, whether the first dose or the second one. As the advertisement in the Hindustan Times states, let's do our bit and get vaccinated. I take this opportunity to say a big "Thank you!" to Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech, and all the people, including health workers, and general staff, who are working so tirelessly to help us battle the pandemic.