• Covaxin is an inactivated vaccine which basically means that it is made up of killed coronaviruses, which makes it safe to be injected into the body. Once injected, it pushes your system to create antibodies against the virus.
Covishield is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus which is known as adenovirus from chimpanzees. Once injected it prompts the immune system to start making antibodies and pushed it to attack the infection.
• Second dose of Covaxin is given four to six weeks after the first dose.
Second dose of Covishield is given with a gap of four to eight weeks.
• Covaxin has an efficacy rate of 76-78%
Covishield has an efficacy rate of 90%
• Covaxin is priced at ₹600 per dose for state government and ₹1,200 per dose for private hospitals.
Covishield is priced at ₹400 per dose for state government and ₹600 per dose for private hospitals.
(Prices may vary at many state and private run institutions)
• Possible side effects from Covaxin include pain, swelling, itching, fever, slight discomfort, rashes, nausea, and overall weakness.
Possible side effects from Covishield include headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, fever, chills, and nausea.