Tips to travel for a COVID-19 precautionary dose
If you are reading this article, I am sure you must have completed your two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine of any company. Covaxin and Covishield are the two common vaccines against the coronavirus disease that were injected among the people living in India. Other companies also came up with their vaccinations, which were used by many as well. So, if you are planning to go for a COVID-19 precautionary dose, here are some travel tips:
1) Book your vaccine slot in advance:
If you log in to cowin.gov.in with your registered mobile number that is there on your Aadhaar card as well, you will be able to see the due date of your precautionary vaccine dose. If you have completed 6 to 9 months after the second dose of the COVISHIELD vaccine, you will get the chance to book your slot immediately. However, if there are still more days, then you can wait till your due date comes. You can book your vaccine slot 3 days in advance of your due date or even after your due date, you will be allowed to book for the precautionary dose. You need to check for the pin code of your area to know which hospitals or vaccine centers are offering the precautionary dose and book your slot timing accordingly. Once booked, you will get an appointment slip that you can mail to your email id or take a printout for your reference.
2) Reach the vaccine centre 15 minutes in advance:
There are chances that your vaccine centre may have opened for giving vaccines to children above 15 as well and that's why crowds can be seen as well. So, it is always better to leave your home beforehand and reach the vaccine centre at least 15 minutes before. Keep a sanitizer with you and wear a disposable mask. Even if you don't find people on the streets in your area wearing a mask or following social distancing, you can still follow the same as a precaution. You need to carry your Aadhaar card or any other identity document, your smartphone with the registered mobile number, and the appointment slip as a physical copy or soft copy in your documents bag. Carry exact cash with change or have digital modes of paying the centre if they are open for it.
3) Make sure you have a heavy breakfast or meals before the vaccine:
If you are looking for the morning slot of 9am to 11am or 10am to 12pm, make sure that you have a heavy breakfast that fills your stomach well. You can even drink coffee or tea before leaving your home. Ensure that you use your home's restroom well and have no complaints of bloating or frequent urination since this is the rainy season. You can carry an umbrella as well because rains are quite unpredictable. Carry chocolate and a water bottle. Also, if required, you can keep some Marie biscuits in a small box with you for eating in case you get late at the centre.
Don't panic seeing the injection. Just get the booster or precautionary dose vaccination dose. Get your needed bill for paying for the vaccine if you are going for the paid ones and after reaching home, you can visit cowin website to download the final vaccine certificate that can be printed and also mailed to yourself for future use.