Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic last year, the coronavirus has claimed millions of lives worldwide. This pandemic has affected almost every aspect of life, causing global economies to slow down, altering the way we live and pushing healthcare systems to their breaking point with the shortage of beds and oxygen.
With the current scenario in India, it is very important to stop the virus from spreading any further. Covid vaccination is one of the only ways by which the covid 19 outbreak in India can be slowed down.
Scientists all over the world have concluded that without vaccination, natural herd immunity may not be enough to restore civilization to its pre-disaster state. Many health agencies, like the WHO, have also made a similar point.
In the absence of vaccinations, we may need to always wear a mask, stay indoors, and take other necessary precautions. In short, without vaccines, we may have to live in 2020 and 2021 all over again in the next coming years.
Following are the reasons why Covid vaccination is the most important thing in the current scenario:
- Covid-19 vaccination will prevent you from getting infected by Covid-19: This is one of the most obvious as well as the most important reasons for the importance of covid vaccination.
In most cases, the vaccination prevents you from contracting the coronavirus, but in rare cases, if you do contract it; the vaccine will prevent you from getting severely ill, for which you may not be prevented against in the absence of vaccination. COVID-19 vaccine protects you by making antibodies that prevent you from getting sick.
- Your vaccination can protect others: Not everyone has the same immunity and some people are more prone to getting infected than others. As more and more people get vaccinated, the effect of the virus will reduce, thus protecting the people who are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness.
- Once you get fully vaccinated, your restrictions may lessen: After you’ve been completely vaccinated against COVID-19, you may be able to resume some of the activities which must have put on hold during the pandemic.
For example, you and your fully vaccinated friends and family may gather indoors without a mask for a start. However, you may still need to take other necessary precautions such as wearing masks outdoors, keeping social distancing, washing hands, etc.
It is also important to keep in mind that people are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after their second dose of the vaccine.
- Covid vaccination is safe: COVID-19 has the potential to cause severe, life-threatening consequences, and there is no way of knowing yet how it would affect you. If you get ill, you also risk spreading the disease to your close ones.
Clinical trials have demonstrated that the approved covid vaccines are safe and reliable. Millions of people have been vaccinated in the past months with negligible complications.
- Vaccination is crucial for the recovered ones as well: COVID-19 infection can provide some protection to the recovered people, commonly known as natural immunity.
According to the current evidence, reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is rare in the months following initial infection, but it can happen in future. In such a case, covid vaccination along with natural immunity can prevent you from getting severely ill.
- Vaccination is an important tool to control the pandemic: Wearing masks, keeping social distancing, washing hands, carrying sanitizers, etc. can help minimise the risk of contracting the virus or spreading it to others, but these precautions are not sufficient to control the pandemic.
Through the process of vaccination, vaccines can interact with the immune system to ensure that if you get exposed to the virus, you will be prepared to combat it.
The strongest defence against COVID-19 is a combination of getting vaccinated and following the guidelines to protect yourself and everyone. Doing this may soon end the pandemic, putting an end to the virus’s growing negative effects on education, health care, economy and countless other aspects of society.
In a nutshell, vaccination is the key to getting our normal lives back.