In India, the vaccination to eradicate coronavirus began in December, 2020 but how far have we come?
We’ve been hearing news that people are getting infected with the virus even after getting the vaccines? Is it true? How is the vaccine helping? Here is our attempt to find out.
The whole point of getting the COVID vaccine is to make ourselves immune to the infection. After the vaccine is administered, your body takes time to develop the necessary antibodies. It may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to develop the antibodies.
This is when your body is vulnerable. Because around this time, your body is ramping up your defense systems to fight the virus. If you come in contact with the virus during this process, you’re bound to get infected. Another aspect would be that if you’ve been exposed to the virus before the vaccination you will still get infected. There is a good chance that since you’re developing the antibodies after getting the virus the effects will not be very adverse.
To make your understanding better, we will give the example of our indigenous vaccines, “COVAXIN” and “Covishield”. The second dose is to be taken at 4 to 6 weeks for COVAXIN and 6-8 weeks for Covishield after the first dose. After the first dose, out immunity is already low, and becomes even low after the second dose in order for our defense systems to build up. This makes our body even more susceptible to catch the virus.
What can we do to avoid infection after getting vaccinated?
- Wear a mask at all times.
- Wash your hands at all times.
- Maintain social distancing.
Remember, you are the one who’s vaccinated. Just because you may not be at risk of getting adverse effects of the virus doesn’t mean you can endanger others. So, for the safety of others and to stop the spread you must follow all COVID protocols.
Stay safe and stay home.