According to the December 19 FAQ released by the Union Health Ministry, “Vaccination for COVID-19 is voluntary. However, it is advisable to receive the complete schedule of COVID-19 vaccine for protecting one-self against this disease and also to limit the spread of this disease to the close contacts including family members, friends, relatives and co-workers.”
Moreover, people with certain kinds of co-morbidities have been advised to not take the vaccination. “The government order states all of us must take it. But I have hypertension and diabetes. The government advisory says it is safe, but I do not think it is safe for me to take it. The government should be mindful of these health issues,” said a health care worker at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
The Health Ministry guidelines state that vaccines should not be administered in people with immediate or delayed onset of anaphylaxis or allergic reaction to injectable therapies, pharmaceutical products and food items. Moreover, the vaccine should be administered with caution in persons with history of bleeding or who are on blood thinners, they say.
Covaxin, produced by Bharat Biotech, should not be administered to lactating women and those with serious health issues as determined by the officer supervising vaccination, as per the guidelines.