The COVID‑19 vaccine was developed to provide acquired immunity against COVID‑19. The research that was ongoing around developing vaccines for SARS and MERS helped to accelerate the COVID‑19 vaccine. Many governments across the world have approved the emergency usage of Covid Vaccines. In addition to this, there are fifty more vaccines that are undergoing different phases of the trial. In most countries, the current vaccination phase covers frontline workers in healthcare, police, etc., and senior citizens. The article will help you understand the things you need to know about the new COVID-19 vaccination program.
Several creative conspiracy theories and misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine have started spreading on social media. It is essential to stay away from this as all the vaccines have undergone a stringent approval process by the government organizations based on trial results. No government will think about putting their citizens at risk by providing vaccines that are not safe. Social media giants like Facebook has already promised action against users who are trying to spread false information. government agencies have defined guidelines and priorities to decide which groups should be vaccinated first. There are portals and mobile applications that have been released to help citizens register for the vaccination program. One should keep a close watch on the government notifications not to miss the opportunity. Many of these applications also send reminders around vaccination dates. One has to administer the second dosage of the vaccine after a gap of 3 to 4 weeks after the first shot was given. The double dose is essential to develop immunity, and one should not skip the second dosage. It is necessary not to miss the timeline for the second dosage, so please stay tuned to notifications. Also, make sure that you are taking the right brand of the vaccine when the second dosage is administered, as most countries have provided approval for multiple brands.
Maintain your vaccination records as this will be useful if you develop reactions against the vaccine even though the probability is significantly low. The documentation will also help as several countries have already started providing international travelers relaxation during the quarantine period. The vaccine manufacturers have published information on the precautions, composition, side effects on their website. It will be good to go through the website before getting the dosage of your vaccine to avoid any apprehensions. If you are severely allergic, please consult your doctor for an expert opinion. You may also get an opportunity to pick a specific brand of the vaccine in the future if you are allergic to one. It is normal to have specific reactions like swelling or pain around the injection site, slight fever, body pain after vaccination. This is a typical sign that your body is building protection against the virus. This will go away in 2 to 3 days, but please consult a doctor and avoid self-medication if the symptoms prevail. The government agencies are also tracking and reviewing all cases of adverse reactions when the vaccine was administered. So reporting any adverse reactions to the government agencies will be helpful for others.
Most of the governments are bearing the cost of the vaccines for their citizens. There is a minimal supply of COVID-19 vaccines across the globe, and one should ensure that you are not wasting a slot of your fellow citizens by registering and not turning up for the vaccine. As more vaccines are coming into the market, the supply will increase in the next few months. People who have received a Covid-19 vaccine could still pass the virus on to others. Everyone needs to continue covering their mouth and nose with a mask, maintaining social distancing, avoiding crowds, and often washing their hands.