COVID19 is still a hot topic across the globe, but now it’s of a different tune, what everyone is talking about is the vaccines. Though long awaited and anticipated on, it carries a lot of controversies, some being that it’s a way for the elite to reduce population and rule the world, it’s a 5G network chip where your life can be controlled and manipulated, it is a trick to have a one world government-the new world order and that you will develop horns or a tail, some form of deformity from it. Whether or not you subscribe to these theories, the fact of the matter remains that COVID19 is still an imminent threat to the human race, we have seen more funerals than ever before.
Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax, these are now popular names we have come to be familiar with because these are some of the leading pharmaceutical companies producing this vaccine, and all produce different results, but do protect against COVID-19 symptoms and severe disease after a person receives two doses. Countries have already started vaccinating their people and here are the populations given priority in getting the jab:
- Frontline workers i.e. doctors and nurses, social workers, teachers, cashiers, truck drivers, soldiers, police officers, security guards etc.
- All those over 65years
- Those with clinical conditions e.g. cancer, asthma, have organ transplants etc.
- People with severe mental health illness and disabilities like down syndrome
- Then the rest of the population
Vaccines are not a new phenomenon in our lives as human beings; however this one is new and there have been some concerns about the vaccine; here are a few frequently asked questions and answers from Johns Hopkins University Hospital:
- What is a vaccine?
A: Vaccines help people develop immunity to a virus or other germ. A vaccine introduces a less harmful part of that germ — or something created to look or behave like it — into a person’s body. The body’s immune system develops antibodies that fight that particular germ and keep the person from getting sick from it. Later, if the person encounters that germ again, their immune system can “recognize” it and “remember” how to fight it off
- How long will it protect me? Will I have to get a COVID-19 shot every year?
A: A few people who have had COVID-19 have apparently had a second, often milder case of the disease, and researchers are exploring what this means in terms of how long immunity from the coronavirus lasts. Vaccine developers are looking at ways to boost the effectiveness of a vaccine so that it provides longer immune protection than a natural infection with the coronavirus.
- Will the vaccine work if I’ve already had COVID-19 or tested positive for the coronavirus?
A: The CDC notes that people who have already had COVID-19 or tested positive may still benefit from getting the COVID-19 vaccination.
- If I get a coronavirus vaccination, do I still have to wear a mask? Physical distance?
A: Yes. It may take time for everyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccination to get one. A vaccine that is 95% effective means that about 1 out of 20 people who get it may not have protection from getting the illness.
Also, while the vaccine may prevent you from getting sick, it is unknown at this time if you can still carry and transmit the virus to others. That is why, until more is understood about how well the vaccine works, continuing with precautions such as mask-wearing and physical distancing will be important.
- Availability of a COVID-19 Vaccine
5.1 Will there be enough vaccine for everyone who wants it?
A: it will take a while to make and distribute enough of the vaccine for everyone who wishes to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
5.2. Will it be easier or harder to get in some areas?
A: There could be differences in availability from one place to another.
5.3 Will older adults receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
A: The first groups to receive authorized COVID-19 vaccines are frontline healthcare workers, residents of long-term care facilities and adults 65 and older.
5.4 Will children receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
A: The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for distribution to individuals ages 16 years and older. No COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for children under 16.
6. What are the side effects?
A: It is normal to have certain reactions after a vaccination: There may be redness, swelling or pain around the injection site. Fatigue, fever, headache and aching limbs are also not uncommon in the first three days after vaccination.
Facts to keep in mind
- About 121 million infections have been recorded to date, Over 2.4 million people worldwide have died from COVID-19, Africa recording 107 778deaths
- Approximately 98 685 029 recoveries have been recorded worldwide, Africa recording over 3million recoveries.
- Scientists say that we will have to learn to live with the virus amongst us-the new normal.
- 132 countries have begun vaccinating the population.
- Social distance is the new way to show love and caring.
- Washing hands, sanitizing, wearing a mask properly is a way to prevent infection, so keep it up.
- Most people who get sick from COVID 19 will recover.
- We have had vaccines before that have saved the human race and improved quality of life, e.g. polio vaccine
The FAQ above might have shed some light on the new kid on the block, now what do you think about the COVID vaccine and getting it?
“If communities are not on-board and convinced that a vaccine will protect their health, we will make little headway. It’s critical that countries reach out to communities and hear their concerns and give them a voice in the process,” Dr. Moeti; WHO regional director Africa.