Covishield, Covaxin, Sputnik V: Know the differences between three COVID-19 vaccines

Covishield, Covaxin, Sputnik V: Know the differences between three COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 vaccination in India: India’s two indigenous COVID-19 vaccines — Covaxin and Covishield — have already been deployed in the ongoing vaccination drive while the delivery of the third vaccine approved i.e. Sputnik V was awaited.

The registration process for COVID-19 vaccination in India for those in the 18-45 age group started on CoWIN platform on April 28 while the vaccination is set to begin on May 1.

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COVID-19 vaccination in India: Covaxin and Covishield have been deployed in ongoing vaccination while third vaccine Sputnik V to be out soon.

Meanwhile, Covaxin has been found to neutralise the Indian 617 variant of the deadly coronavirus, the White House chief medical adviser and America’s top pandemic expert Dr Anthony Fauci said on Wednesday.

COVID-19 vaccination in India: Covaxin and Covishield have been deployed in ongoing vaccination while third vaccine Sputnik V to be out soon.

Here’s a comparison between Covishield, Covaxin, and Sputnik V:

Vaccine Type of Vaccine Dosage and time gap between doses Storage and expiry Price in INR (Rs)
AstraZeneca (Covishield from SII – Pune) Viral Vector 2 injections, 12-week gap 2 to 8 Deg C, 6 months For govt: Rs 300 per dose to states and Rs 600 per dose to private hospitals
For citizens: Rs 250 in private hospitals and free at government centres
CoVaxin (Bharat Biotech, Hyderabad) Inactivated Virus 2 injections, 4-8 week gap 2 to 8 Deg C For govt: Rs 600 per dose for state governments and Rs 1,200 per dose for private hospitals
For citizens: Rs 250 in private hospitals and free at government centres
Sputnik V (Gamaleya – Russia  & Dr Reddy’s) Viral Vector 2 injections;
21 days to 3 months
-18.55 Deg C (liquid form) and 2 to 8 Deg C (dry form) Not yet officially declared for India. Globally priced at $10 (approx Rs 750) per dose.

 

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Covaxin and Covishield are available to Indians for free at the government centres and at Rs 250 in private hospitals. Sputnik V will become available in the open market from May 1.

COVID-19 vaccination in India: Covaxin and Covishield have been deployed in ongoing vaccination while third vaccine Sputnik V to be out soon.

Sputnik V is constituted of two different vectors (carriers), therefore its two doses are different and both of them must be taken as prescribed. As for Covishield and Covaxin, the experts say that no two different vaccines must be mixed and matched for the two doses process.

Even after taking the two doses, people must continue to follow the COVID-19 safety protocol of washing hands with soap and water, social distancing, and masking up.

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