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Covid-19 advice: 7 things to keep in mind before getting vaccinated

Apr 25, 2021 10:32 IST | By Shireen Parhee

The fight against Covid-19 is at its peak with the number of cases rising at an alarming rate. The government has recently announced that the vaccine will now be available for everyone above the age of 18 years from the 1st of May. So now that you all shall be getting vaccinated soon, here are seven basic things you need to keep in mind before getting the jab, as recommended by Dr Vishakha Shivdasani in her book, Covid and post Covid recovery.


It’s important to get at least six hours of sleep per night the week before you get vaccinated. A well-rested you will be better prepared to receive the vaccination.

Take a probiotic

A healthy gut makes a happy you! As 70 per cent of our immunity lies in the gut, it’s extremely important to keep it in check.


It’s important to do some calming exercises, practice meditation or even aromatherapy, in order to relieve stress. Chronic stress only makes things worse and will be detrimental to your ongoing fight against Covid-19.

Avoid smoking

Smoking in general is not advisable, but especially more so during this difficult time. Cigarettes can reduce the antibody response to several vaccines. It is rather suggested to opt for a nicotine patch or gum to keep your cravings at bay.

Do not consume alcohol

Alcohol is harmful to one’s health and that’s no big secret! It is advisable to stop consuming alcohol 3-4 days prior to getting vaccinated as it can weaken our response to the vaccine. The same applies to after getting your jab.

Add zinc to your diet

Zinc is known to boost antibody response, so it might be a good idea to add the same to you diet at least two weeks before getting the shot. Whether you get your zinc from animal protein, sprouts or legumes or opt for a supplement, make sure you don’t ignore this advice.

Consume protein

Protein intake is crucial. So make sure you load up your diet with protein rich foods!

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