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Vaccination – to go for or …?

There are several vaccines for COVID19 and many have passed the phase 3 trials meaning they are ready for distribution. The world is amidst of COVID-19 pandemic. Countries around the world are rolling out COVID-19 vaccines.

Developing a vaccine is like a long road full of checkpoints. Different phases of testing are conducted to make sure the vaccine is both safe and effective. The vaccines can be proven safe and effective only when it passes in large (phase III) clinical trials. ‘COVID 19 vaccines are 80 to 90% effective, but vaccinated people can get COVID this is not a surprise it’s just that vaccines are not 100% effective’ states Health line.
Many doctors suggest people trust vaccines. There are many benefits of getting vaccinated:

  • The COVID-19 vaccines produce protection against the disease, as a result of developing an immune response to the SARS-Cov-2 virus.
  • Getting vaccinated will also help to protect people around you.
  • Developing immunity through vaccination means there is a reduced risk of developing the illness and its consequences. This immunity helps you fight the virus if exposed.

‘These are a few benefits of getting vaccinated, vaccination protects you from getting seriously ill from COVID-19’ states WHO. Most people above 18 years old can get vaccinated. Vaccines are usually tested in adults first, to avoid exposing children who are still developing and growing. There are not many pieces of evidence or much data to make sure that vaccines are safe for children. The impact of COVID-19 vaccines on the pandemic will depend on several factors. These include the effectiveness of the vaccines; how quickly they are approved, manufactured, and delivered. ‘Though you’re vaccinated, wear a mask, especially in enclosed, crowded or poorly ventilated spaces. Always follow guidance from local authorities’ says Dr. Sowmya Swaminathan, chief scientist of the World Health Organisation.

There are a few miss conceptions about the COVID vaccines; such as after you get vaccinated there will be severe side effects like heart attack, fever, allergies and etc but all of these are NOT true. If you have any medical complications please consult your family doctor before you go for vaccination. There won’t be severe side effects after you get vaccinated. The side effects will stop on their own within 3 to 4 days. If the side effects are prolonging, immediately consult a doctor and seek medical help.

To conclude COVID vaccines are credible and are 90% effective. Make sure you take precautions for COVID 19 even though you are vaccinated. Make sure you wear double masks for 85% protection from COVID if you’re going out. Follow guidelines from local authorities. Avoid going out as much as possible. If you feel you have any mild symptoms of COVID (such as cough cold fever) immediately consult a doctor.

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