Corona virus has been affecting the health of the people all around the world. People have started adopting the new normal like wearing a mask all the time, working from home, maintaining social distancing and preferring home delivery than dining out with their families.
But, the end of the year 2020 came up with some positive news of vaccinations being approved to roll out. The United Kingdom was the first western country to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine for the public. It was developed jointly by Pfizer and German biotechnology company BioNTech. These pharmaceutical companies have also sought approval for the 'emergency use' authorisation of its coronavirus vaccine from the Drugs Controller General of India.
Now lets talk about which vaccines are approved in our country?
India has approved two 'Made in India vaccines named ‘Covishield’ and ‘Covaxin’. Covishield vaccine is made by Serum Institute of India (SII) while Covaxin is made by the company Bharat Biotech.
Now let’s talk about who will receive this vaccine first in our country?
India has seen a lot of dedication and hardwork from its healthcare workers, doctors, volunteers, government, police and armed forces. So don’t you think when the vaccine rolls out they should be the one get vaccinated first? They are the people who come in contact with a lot of infected or asymptomatic patients in a day than a normal person.
The COVID-19 vaccination drive in our country began with a health worker from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) becoming the first person in the country to get vaccinated for the Covid 19.
The first ones to get vaccinated are the Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. The line will start from the healthcare providers and workers first, followed by the country’s frontline workers that include the Doctors, Police and armed forces, municipal workers, disaster management workers and volunteers who have given their blood and swear to inspect, monitor and maintain the low count and making people aware of the rules and regulations. Apart from that people who are old with a medical history and the ones below 50 will be given priority in the race for the vaccine.
India has a population of over 1.3 billion people and to top it up it has the world's second-largest cases. In this situation the government had to take some important decisions as to which vaccines need to be rolled out and have given approval to two vaccines although one of them is yet to complete its clinical trials and is aiming to serve around 300 million people of the country by the month of July.
Authorities say the most difficult task in a nation that is a home to such a huge crowd and is highly impoverished is to draw on their experience with elections and child immunisation programmes for the drive with a poor transportation, infrastructure and not a well funded healthcare system.
Our health minister said, “These vaccines are our ‘sanjivini’ in our fight against the pandemic. We have won the battle against polio and now we have reached the decisive phase of winning the war against Covid. I want to congratulate all frontline workers on this day."
But the main question still remains unclear which is the safety of the vaccination. People are often left with so many questions filled up in their mind like How safe is the vaccine? When will we get vaccine? What is the procedure? How can I ensure that the vaccine won’t cause any side effects or deteriorate my health? Is it ok If we opt not to get vaccinated?
Though the government said that the decision to get vaccinated is entirely upto us and it is not mandatory, they are insisting that all of us get the vaccines for the betterment of the nation and people around us.
On Tuesday, the government announced that over 4.54 lakh citizens have been administered shots of Covid-19 vaccination. Out of these 4.5 lakh individuals, only 0.18% adverse events have been reported and only 0.002 per cent had to be hospitalised for close monitoring. These numbers are relatively very very low as we see the news about other nations.
In a media briefing the Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that, "As per the data available so far, only 0.18 per cent is the Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) and 0.002 is the percentage of the people who were hospitalised following immunization. These are fairly low, in fact lowest so far as we know in the world in the first three days,"
Niti Aayog member (Health) V K Paul stressed that both the vaccines that have been rolled out are safe and also emphasised on the fact that the concerns about adverse effects and serious problems post-immunisation as of now seem to be unfounded, negligible, insignificant.
If the patient refuses to inform the doctors and hide about his medical history then it will be equally difficult for the doctors to decide whether to prescribe the vaccination or any medications. It is the responsibility of the citizens to make sure that they contribute their part by being aware, responsible and cooperative with all the initiatives taken up by the government of India.
The youngsters and middle aged people will probably be the last ones to get vaccinated since our immunity system is comparatively stronger than others. But on the other hand we are the ones who are responsible in spreading the awareness as we are technologically more inclined and are the first ones to get credible news. So instead of spreading unnecessary rumours if we encourage the ones who are paranoid by the vaccinations we can help the society and make this world a better place to live.