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Singapore advises vaccine takers to avoid exercise for a week

Date: 09 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The health ministry of Singapore has urged its citizens from doing straining exercise until one week after taking the vaccine.

 

Background

The earlier guidelines had advised for a 12 to 24 hour gap from doing exercise. It is currently in action for 1st and 2nd does of mRNA vaccine.

 

Details

  • The earlier guidelines had also advised to take a break from excise briefly after taking both the doses of the vaccine.

  • The advisory was given for the whole population but specially aimed at adolescent population and men below age of 30 years.

 

Reasons

  • The recommendations were given after some studies had indicated heart problems after getting vaccine shots. There are also doubts whether the cardiac muscles are affected by the vaccine.

  • Other symptoms seen in vaccine beneficiaries were pericarditis (swelling of the membrane surrounding the heart) and myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle).

 

Exercises that have to be avoided

  • Activities such as running, cycling, swimming should not be done until one week after the vaccine shot. Lifting weight and jogging should also be avoided.

  • Only light exercises like walking, stretching and housework can be done. Physical education classes in schools have to be suspended.

 

Other advisories

  • Many countries have given their advisories after vaccination. Russia has advised avoiding alcohol for about two months after inoculation.

  • Germany has advocated mixing doses of different vaccines. Chancellor Merkel herself took AstraZeneca as second dose after getting Moderna in the first.