Sputnik V Vaccine Registration, Efficacy, Price, Doses, Side Effects – The vaccination Sputnik V was very much in news since last year itself. Russia developed this vaccination as a precaution against covid infection. Earlier the World Health Organisation was a bit skeptical about this vaccination. But now WHO has approved it and different countries across the world are availing it too.
India has also received recently a big amount of Sputnik V vaccination dose to make it a part of the vaccination drive going on in the country. Now, Sputnik will be available for vaccination along with the other vaccines Covishield and Covaxin, which were already in use since the start of the vaccination drive.
Citizens now can get registration done for the Sputnik V vaccination to get it in the similar way how they do for the other vaccination options for Covid.
Sputnik V – An Overview
Russia calls out Sputnik V to be the very first vaccination developed against the infection Covid-19. Though earlier WHO was not completely convinced by its efficiency, now Sputnik V has got registered by as many as 65 countries and more across the world.
The Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology developed the vaccine Gam-Covid-Vac that was later on named Sputnik V. It is an adenovirus viral vector vaccine that has been developed in Moscow, Russia to fight against the pandemic SARS-COV-2. The clinical trials of the vaccination Sputnik V took place in Russia and the trial was conducted on over 31000 volunteers. The phase 3 trials of the vaccination were conducted in other countries that are India, UAE, Belarus, and Venezuela.
Named after the first Soviet space satellite, Sputnik V is known to be one of the three vaccinations across the world that has the highest efficacy against Covid-19 infection.
Currently, RDIF is responsible for the manufacturing of the vaccine. RDIF has mentioned that the vaccination needs to be stored in a temperature range of +2 degrees Celsius to +8 degrees Celsius that will make it quite convenient for distribution and also for storage.
Apart from Sputnik V, Russia has also developed Sputnik Light that is a single dose vaccine and for the citizens of Russia only currently. Russia has claimed that this vaccination also has an efficacy of about 80% that is almost similar to the other double doze vaccinations. Trials of Sputnik Light have also started in several countries such as India so that it can be also used in the upcoming time.
But currently, the country will be distributing just Sputnik V to other countries while it has reserved Sputnik Light for the citizens of Russia itself.
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Sputnik V Efficacy Rate
Sputnik V has been proven to have about 91.6% efficacy that is based on the data of 19,866 volunteers who have been vaccinated with both its dosage. Thus, Sputnik V is considered to be one of the three best vaccinations against COVID-19 in India that has an efficacy of more than 90%. It was also confirmed that there were only 78 confirmed situations of covid infection after the use of both the dosage.
As per another data, Russia has vaccinated 3.8 million of its people with Sputnik V by now. Based on the results that came out, it was found that the vaccination has got 97.6% efficacy rate. The developers of Sputnik V have mentioned that the vaccine will be also efficient for many of new strains of Covid also.
Apart from the efficacy, also as it can be easily stored at a temperature range of +2 degrees to +8 degrees celsius, the vaccination can be spread out to many of the difficult-to-reach-out locations also across the world. Hence, Russia speaks out quite confidently about fighting Covid with its Sputnik V in the most positive and potential way.
Sputnik V Vaccine Price
As per the Sputnik V website of Russia, the cost of one dose of vaccination should be lesser than $10 in the international market. But the actual cost that the citizens of different countries have to pay for the vacation may depend upon different factors.
When talking about India, booking for Sputnik V is yet to start. It is being estimated that the average price of one dose of Sputnik V in India can be around Rs. 948/-. This means, to get vaccinated with both the dose of Sputnik V, the citizens may have to spend about Rs. 2000, rounded-off figure. Now, if the Government of India puts a capping on the pricing, then the price of the vaccination should come down too.
While this is an estimated cost for the private hospitals, it is not yet known whether the Government hospitals will be offering Sputnik V vaccination free of cost similar to the other two vaccinations or not.
Sputnik V Doses and Gap
Similar to Covishield and Covaxin, Sputnik V will also have two dosages of vaccinations. Now a lot of things have to be confirmed only after the start of the Sputnik V vaccination drive. One of the major things is the time gap between both dosages.
As of now, in India, the health officials have offered a gap of 3 months in between the dosages of Covishield while the gap should be of 28 days to 42 days in the case of Covaxin. Now, the gap between the dosages of Sputnik V should be revealed only when the vaccination actually will start happening in India.
Sputnik V Side Effects
While there are so many people in India quite excited about Sputnik V, it is very much crucial to understand some of its side effects too.
After getting the vaccination, you can have similar side effects that people are having after getting Covishield or Covaxin. Some of these side effects are:
- Pain or some reaction at the site of the injection
- Fatigue and headache
- Symptoms of having a flu
However, these problems should go away after a few days. Also, it is not necessary that everyone who is getting a shot of Sputnik V will get all these side effects. In case if you have a high fever, you may get in touch with a doctor to get the right medicine to bring your temperature down.
One of the important guidelines that Sputnik V has is that it should not be used for pregnant women as it can have adverse impacts on the pregnant women. But as of now, the Government of India or the medical officials have not shared any list of guidelines for Sputnik V. Hopefully, there will be some guidelines shared if there are any major side effects of the vaccine or if there are any major precautions to be taken care of.
Sputnik V Registration
As per the sources, India has imported as many as 56.6 tonnes of Sputnik V from Russia. Hence, we have an ample amount of vaccination now and the process can start anytime soon.
People who wish to get vaccinated by Sputnik V have to get their slots booked from the portal available by the Government of India Cowin for the vaccination drive.
Earlier just the two vaccinations Covishield and Covaxin were available to be booked. But now the tab Sputnik V is also made available on the portal. Though the vaccine is not yet available in any of the hospitals yet, hospitals such as Apollo have mentioned that Sputnik V will be available from the 2nd week of June.
People who have not yet got registered for the vaccination drive should definitely get registered now by following these steps.
Step – 1 – Visit the site www.cowin.gov.in to start the process.
Step – 2 – Click on Register to enter the registration page.
Step – 3 – On the registration page, provide your mobile number to get OTP.
Step – 4 – Next, provide the OTP that you have received and complete the registration process.
Step – 5 – After the registration is done, you can log into the account every time by using your phone number.
Step – 6 – You have to select your location by PIN or by the district.
Step – 7 – Next, select SPUTNIK V.
Step – 8 – From the list of hospitals that appear below, click on the ones that appears in the colour green.
Step – 9 – On the next page that appears, complete the slot booking process.
While you are check the slots, also make sure to look close the number of dose 1 and dose 2 vaccines available. There can be many times when you are see a green tab but there will be only dose 2 vaccines available, while you require dose 1.
Currently, the slots for Sputnik V are not available. But as Apollo Hospitals has stated, the slots for Sputnik V may start showing up in different hospitals from the 2nd week of June.
The world is trying to beat COVID and to become a free world again. While last year, lockdown in different countries seemed to be the best way to control the outburst of the infection, this year, vaccination has come up as a major relief. Sputnik V, developed by Russia is one such vaccination that has reached India and should be available soon in different hospitals. Though as of now there are no such official guidelines shared about Sputnik V, but some of the major healthcare centers have mentioned that the vaccination with Sputnik V can start soon from the 2nd week of June.
So, those who were waiting out for the Sputnik V vaccine to roll in have some good news as you may start booking your slot for this vaccine soon. All you need to do is to get registered on the Cowin site, search for the hospitals that are offering Sputnik V vaccine near you and just book a slot for yourself.