Q. My dad is diabetic and he takes Clopidogrel. Can he get the COVID vaccine?

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Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 22, 2021

Hello doctor,

My dad is 74 years old and has been diabetic for 30 years. Below is a summary of his other conditions :

He had MI and CABG a few years back. Hemorrhage in temporal and occipital lobe after Lomarin (administered for occlusion in the arm). Intermittent hyperkalemia. He has been in good health other than some cold or fever which he had last month. Can he get the Covishield vaccine? I read somewhere that people taking blood thinners should not take them. Is it true? He takes Clopidogrel.



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Thanks for the query.

There is no contraindication for Covishield with Clopidogrel. Those with an acute illness should not get the vaccine. One should get 6 to 8 weeks of complete recovery. If he is in good health, he can receive. Stable cardiac patients can get this vaccine. If he has got any other vaccine, such as influenza, then he should wait for 28 days before getting the COVID-19 vaccine. If there is a fever, then he should get it after recovery from the fever.


Hello doctor,

He had cold and fever for about two weeks last month and recovered. He has been feeling normal since then, but it is not been one month yet. Can he still take it?



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Yes, he can get the vaccine.

Hello doctor,

Sorry one more question, when he had cold we did a CBC that showed WBC 8500, neutrophils 5865 (69%), lymphocytes 1360 (16%), lymphocytes percentage was showing as low below 20 but count was fine. Should he test CBC before vaccine?



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There is no need of CBC before vaccination. Only if platelets are low or suspected to be low then CBC should be done.

Hello doctor,

Thanks for the response.

Platelets were normal.



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The vaccination can be given.

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