We have started with second phase of World’s largest Immunization Program in our country and today we are also celebrating National Vaccination Day 2021. However, several looming questions could hamper the success of this programme and weaken the fight against Covid-19. Yes, vaccination is the most effective tool to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and help us succeed in our mission to restore normalcy!
The Covid-19 vaccination drive in India has seen much momentum since Day 1. With an enthusiastic push from the civic bodies, we are slowly but steadily approaching our target goals. After successful round of vaccination for the healthcare providers and frontline workers, we have now moved to vaccinate and protect seniors above 60 years of age, and those above 45 years with comorbidities.
Here’s a guideline to help proceed with vaccinating yourself and your family Members:
1. All adults should take the Covid-19 vaccine and encourage others to take it as well
2. You should have had your meals, and be well hydrated for your vaccination
3. Only people who have an Anaphylaxis (allergic reaction) to any of the vaccine contents, should not take the vaccine
4. All approved vaccines, including ‘Covishield’ and ‘Covaxin’ have;
*100 per cent efficacy in preventing death due to Covid-19
*Very high efficacy against severe Covid-19
*High to moderate efficacy (60%-95%) against symptomatic Covid-19
*Poor efficacy only against asymptomatic Covid-19
Vaccinating the high-risk vulnerable population — above 60 years and above 45 years with comorbidities will bring down the mortality rate to ‘very low’, as currently, this group forms almost 90 per cent of patients who succumb to the disease. Therefore, we must encourage people in these age groups to be vaccinated
The ministry said that a total of 2,97,38,409 vaccine doses have been administered through 5,10,400 sessions till Sunday. While 73,47,895 healthcare and 11,35,573 frontline workers have been vaccinated or given the first dose, there are 42,95,201 healthcare and 73,32,641 frontline workers have been fully vaccinated or have received the second dose. Also, the data provided by the ministry shows that 81,87,007 senior citizens and around 14,40,092 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Though the numbers look huge, reports suggest that with this pace, India will take many years to fully vaccinate at least 70 per cent of the population. While there is no clear figure for herd immunity, health experts believe that this figure is required to attain herd immunity that will break the chain of coronavirus transmission.