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Get Vaccinated but do not let go of the standard precautions.

Get Vaccinated but do not let go of the standard precautions.

Get Vaccinated but do not let go of the standard precautions.

 

As the second wave of COVID-19 and associated deaths in India climb, the scientific community urges all eligible Indians to get vaccinated when possible.

The benefits of the two vaccines available in India for mass vaccination far outweigh their minor side effects, according to the available data. The Prime Minister himself has got the India-made vaccine –Covaxin.

Covaxin has been produced by Indian firm Bharat Biotech which is making vaccine since last 24 years. India has been a vaccine powerhouse and 60% of world vaccine is produced in India. Bharat Biotech has completed and published results from phase 3 clinical trials, involving around 27,000 participants.

"People with cardiovascular risk factors like hypertension, smoking, heart disease and heart attack and stroke survivors should get vaccinated as soon as possible because they are at much greater risk from the virus than they are from the vaccine.

Even as the vaccination drive goes deep into the country and has been ramped up it will take months if not years to get all our population vaccinated. And we are not sure exactly what percentage of people will opt for vaccination. The other uncertainty is how long does the effect of vaccination last?

 The scientists emphasized the commonplace precautions that reduce the spread of COVID-19 known as the three W's:

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Watch your distance, staying 6 feet apart from those who do not live in your household.

Wear a mask. (Keep in mind that wearing a mask is not a substitute for social distancing in public.)

Developments regarding COVID-19 and the vaccines are fast-evolving. Now a single dose vaccine has been launched in USA. Still, it is better to keep all precautions in place till we are sure that there is no risk of COVID-19.

 

 

Dr. Rakesh Rai. MS, FRCS, CCST, ASTS (Fellow).

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