Covaxin vs Covishield What's the difference

Covaxin vs Covishield What's the difference

Covid 19 had been a lock on our lives for the past two years and it’s still having a toll on us but thanks to all our scientists and research institutes who have come up with the solution to the disease, and the prevention before it affects the people.

Vaccines have been developed to boost immunity and strengthen the bodies to fight the deadly virus i.e. coronavirus.

Officially, vaccination was commenced on 1st May 2021 and protects people above 18 years of age and is resulting in good.

Understanding why vaccination is so important?

The virus is seen to mutate continuously and is leading to a lot of other waves affecting more and more people and is happening with more complications in human bodies. Following are the two major vaccines which are developed and been approved by the government:

  1. Covaxin
  2. Covishield

But both vaccines are different from each other and there are various criteria on which we can compare both of them.

Which one is better?

As we know that both the vaccinations are developed at home which means that both the vaccines are produced by Indian scientists. Covaxin is known to be produced in the territories of India and Covishield is manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India.

How effective are both vaccines?

Both covishield and covaxin are effective against the virus and matches all the standards of WHO. As both are successful in promoting immunity in the human body. Whereas if we look for the clinical data some observations can be made, which are:

  1. Covishield has been up for trials and given the efficacy of around 70% and is expected to go further up to 90% when a complete dose is taken. The tolerability of the Ciivishield vaccine is also good enough and is efficient to reduce symptoms and speed up the recovery as well.
  2. Now, Covaxin completed its trials quite late at the end of February. As per the authorities like Bharat Biotech it is found to have an efficacy of around 78%. Also, it’s been expected that Covaxin is effective in reducing the severity and mortality rise by up to 100 %.

What are the differences in pricing and availability?

Both the vaccines which are Covishield and Covaxin are available in the markets. And the government has made many centres where the slots can be booked on the Cowin application or website and a shot can be taken for free of cost. And there are also paid vaccines available. The prices are set by the government.

  1. Covishield is offered at around 700 rupees inclusive of GST and Covaxin is a bit costly as compared to it.
  2. Covaxin is priced at around 1400 rupees inclusive of GST.

Are both vaccines actively working against the new emerging mutants?

The mutant strains are much deadlier than previously existing ones. The recent mutant strains known as the double and triple mutant strains have become the severe reason to worry. The vaccines are not expected to remove the virus completely. But the clear observation is that Covaxin is more tolerant towards the new mutant strains than Covishield.

But then again the major motive of both the vaccines is to develop immunity against the virus which means that people should get jabbed as and when they get their slot as per their ages.

What are the expected side effects of the vaccines?

Like some other common vaccines, both the Covaxin and Covishield have some reactogenic side effects. But again there’s nothing to worry about as all of them carry the basic side effects like:

  1. Milder pain in the arm
  2. Tenderness
  3. Fever
  4. Chills
  5. Nausea

And some rare cases are also expected to face issues such as:

  1. Headache
  2. Abdominal Pain
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tremors

Now, as per the vaccines Covishield usage has sparked off the most controversies of late, many countries have also decided to halt the use of covishield because of the same reason. Some cases emerged where people were facing clotting in the blood and very rare cases there were some cases of neurological complications as well.

As far as Covaxin is concerned it has not come up with any severe complication now and is causing lesser side effects as compared to Covishield.

However, vaccines came up with guidelines that are less safe for pregnant women or even for people with some comorbidities or those who are consuming blood thinners.

The conclusion is that both vaccines are similar and have similar effects with few differences. But it is always suggested to get vaccinated whenever a person gets the chance because, in the end, the aim is the prevention from the deadly virus


Covaxin and Covishield both work equally well and are equally effective in reducing the risk of symptomatic infections, severity and mortality, which has now become a major. So, following the right covid behaviour and getting completely vaccinated with all of the two doses of both Covishield and Covaxin is the main goal.


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