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- When there was no vaccine for COVID-19, many scientists worked day and night to develop vaccine candidates of which few made the mark.
- The deadly disease now has a preventive vaccine, in fact several vaccines, but some people spread the fear they have against such vaccines.
- You may have heard some conspiracy theories that the vaccines could cause harm and so on. Read on to know the truth.
According to health officials, India administered 13,23,30,640 (132 million) vaccine nationwide doses on 21 April 2021. After vaccinating its COVID-19 frontline warriors (medical, police, sanitation staff etc), India launched its massive COVID-19 vaccination drive at 10.30 am on January 16 via video conference at rain.
Ongoing study and data prove that vaccination helps people better fight disease. And yet there are a few people who are themselves lacking in true vaccine knowledge but freely giving sermons on it, making the vaccine sound like a dangerous gamble. That scares people away and makes them hesitant to get vaccinated. These conspiracy theories are damaging and need to be put on a bus.
Here are five COVID-19 vaccination myths you should never believe.
- Myth: I’ve already had COVID once; why vaccinate now?
Those who have had COVID-19 in the past have no mechanism to say whether or not redefining the COVID-19 virus will occur. The antibodies you developed during the COVID-19 infection are intended to help you fight future infections caused by the virus. This is called natural immunity. But that’s too fading after a while. Your vaccine provides your immune system with a program that helps it to identify the virus when and if it enters the body and helps fight it before it infects the body with its power to duplicate quickly.
- MYTH: The vaccines have been developed so quickly; they must be unsafe.
Authorized vaccines are proven to be safe and effective. Yes, as the pandemic swept the world, and many countries faced a far worse fate than others, there was pressure on scientists and research laboratories to find a vaccine and / or a cure quickly. Thankfully, within a year of the pandemic, scientists have developed several vaccines in record time. But all of the vaccine candidates have gone through the same rigorous Food and Drug Administration process as other vaccines, meeting all safety standards. There were no concessions and certainly no action was waived. Collaboration, funding, and worldwide advances in science and technology helped shorten the schedule for vaccine development. You should be able to take these vaccine shots without any hesitation and fear as the clinical trials and safety reviews have actually taken about the same amount of time as other vaccines.
- MYTH: I’ll get COVID-19 if I take a vaccine.
None of the COVID-19 vaccines can give you the COVID-19 infection you fear. None of these vaccines use the live virus that causes COVID-19. Vaccine immune vaccination process can cause symptoms, such as fever. But experts warn that this is a normal sign that the body is building immunity to the virus. It does not give you COVID-19. It is possible to become infected with the virus before the vaccine has time to fully protect your body. Although the two illnesses share similar symptoms, they are different viruses and there is no evidence to support the claim that taking the flu vaccine will protect against COVID-19. Recent years clinical data show that flu epidemics each year have resulted in an estimated 3 to 5 million cases of serious illness, and approximately 290 000 to 650 000 deaths worldwide.
- Myth: I take the Flu vaccine; that’s enough to prevent COVID-19 which is another type of flu.
We did not experience a typical flu season last year because of the preventive measures taken against, say, Covid-19 specialists. But that does not mean that one of the vaccines replaces the other. You need your flu shots and COVID-19 vaccine injections.
- MYTH: Once I have the vaccine, I am free to throw all precautions against COVID-19.
A vaccine cannot give humanity 100% protection unless it has covered all other potential carrier vector animals / hosts as was done in the case of smallpox. By 1977, the last shots of the smallpox vaccine were given and in 1980, it was announced that it had been eliminated. It only exists in the form of frozen samples in US and Russian laboratories. Not so with the COVID-19 virus, not yet. As WHO says, no one is safe until everyone is safe. So you will have to follow the vaccine + precautions policy. You must still:
- Continue to wear good quality masks
- Wear the masks properly and not as a formality
- Avoid overcrowded places
- Avoid poorly ventilated enclosures
- Wash your hands often
- Do not touch eyes, mouth, nose with unwashed hands
- Use a sanitizer and / or soap and water
- Observe the norms of social isolation
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietician before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.
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