Covishield vs Covaxin vs Sputnik V: Difference between the three COVID-19 vaccines

Covishield vs Covaxin vs Sputnik V
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Covishield vs Covaxin vs Sputnik V: Two home-grown COVID-19 vaccines in India are approved and currently in use, while a third approved vaccine from Russia is yet to be delivered.

Meanwhile, the registration process for those aged between 18 and 45 started on April 28 on the government’s CoWIN vaccination platform, while the vaccination campaign for this age group is expected to start from May 1. As of now, the campaign only covers people above 45 years.

Furthermore, India is making efforts to accelerate its massive vaccination program as it faces deadly second wave of coronavirus. The government has also authorised the sale of vaccines to private players.


The Serum Institute of India has said that it would sell ‘Covishield’ vaccine to state governments for Rs 300 instead of the previously decided amount of Rs 400.

Meanwhile, Covaxin, the locally grown COVID-19 vaccine in India, has been found to neutralise variant 617, White House chief medical adviser and America’s top pandemic expert Dr Anthony Fauci said.

On the other hand, government centers are providing both Covaxin and Covishield to Indians for free, while they are available for Rs 250 in private hospitals.

Foreign vaccines, such as Sputnik V, will also be available in the market from May 1.

Covishield, Covaxin, Sputnik V: Comparison

VaccineTypeDosageStorage and expiryPrice
AstraZeneca (Covishield)Viral
2 injections, 12-week gap2 to 8 Deg C, 6 monthsRs 250 in private hospitals, free at govt centres
2 injections, 4-8 week gap2 to 8 Deg CRs 250 in private hospitals, free at govt centres
Sputnik VViral
2 injections;
21 days to 3 months
-18.55 Deg C (liquid). 2 to 8 Deg C (dry)Not available in India yet. Global price – $10 per dose

Two doses of Sputnik are different because it uses two different vectors (carriers) for its vaccine. Hence, both must be taken as prescribed.

In case of AstraZeneca’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, according to epidemic experts and virologist, two different vaccines should not be mixed for the two doses.

For vaccines that require multiple doses, the dose generally triggers an immune response about three weeks later. However, it can take up to eight weeks or longer for antibodies to mature and become fully functional.

COVID-19 safety protocol

So, even after both doses have been taken as prescribed, individuals should continue with their COVID-19 safety protocol: hand washing with soap and water, social distancing, and masking up, in addition to other SOPs.

Disclaimer: The advice given in this content is purely based on generic information. These tips are not to be considered as an alternative to standard medical opinion. It is advised to always consult your own doctor for medical help. The Vocal News does not claim any responsibility for given information.

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