“It’s been over 24 hours since I got my first dose of the vaccine. Feel a bit fatigued but relieved
I thought I’ll recount my experience and how I went about it because there seems to be a lot of hesitation and confusion about the process. It’s a bit of a long post because I’m going over registration, scheduling, the shot, and what it feels like after,” Kalyani Priyadarshan said in her note, she posted on Sunday (May 17).
“First things first, registration: You can either do it through the cowin portal or the Arogya Setu app. That app never worked properly for me and was a real pain to deal with. I registered through cowin. Took several days and many attempts but don’t lose hope because it’s the only way. There are very few slots for 18+ in Chennai but even yesterday I saw 3 vacant slots. They pop up randomly. Keep trying. It’s a terrible system but it’s the only thing we can do. I was also told about a Telegram group called U45 Chennai that helps notify you when a slot pops up. Haven’t used it but may be of use to some people. Once you schedule an appointment you’ll be able to see it when you log in anytime on cowin (sic),” Kalyani said.
She added, “Next comes the shot itself. I won’t tell you which one I took because it doesn’t matter. Get anything you can find. Unfortunately at private hospitals, the price of covaxin and covisheild is a ridiculous 1250 and 850 respectively. But this is the price we are forced to pay to keep our lives safe. I was asked twice if I’ve had any recent fever or symptoms of illness. YOU STRICTLY MUST NOT TAKE THE VACCINE IF YOU HAVE BEEN OR ARE SICK. They also checked my original Aadhar card. This next part is common sense, but please wear sleeveless or loose clothing that is easy to lift up to allow the nurse to easily administer the shot. The shot itself felt like a little prick. I didn’t feel much as I was asking my dad to take a photo and was distracted. I was made to sit there for 20-30 minutes while I was monitored and told I might feel pain at the injection site and have fatigue or fever that night. I was given a card that stated the date for my next dose and as I asked if there would be enough stock next month for me to take it they smiled sweetly and said worst case wait a week. Be sure to get your terribly designed provisional certificate from them after the first dose.”
She further added, “I went home, and over the next couple of hours as predicted the pain in my arm at the injection site started to increase. It felt heavy and sore. This pain is different for everyone. For me, it hurt a lot. I couldn’t lift the arm. I was instructed not to apply hot compress of any kind so I just lay down in bed the entire day watching TV shows on prime. I felt a little tired but no fever or body ache. I still took a pill before I slept (I won’t tell you which because I’d prefer you speak to a real doctor and not blindly do the same thing I did). I slept like a baby. It’s been 24 hours and my arm still hurts but it’s better than yesterday. I’m told I might feel this for one or two more days. I feel slightly tired but fine otherwise. I also checked back on cowin and it shows that my first dose has been registered and allows me to see a countdown to the next.”
After sharing the experience with fans on Instagram, Kalyani Priyadarshan also urged them to get vaccinated. “This past week or two I’ve had so many people around me give horror stories about this virus. The threat is real. And it’s not just a common flu. None of us want to be in a lockdown but the only thing to make this a successful lockdown is if we manage to vaccinate as much as we can before we open up. More importantly, educate the people around you to get the vaccine. And help them register if you can. One phone number can register up to four people. #staystrong #staysafe and get vaccinated,” the actress summed up.
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