Vaccine or Inoculation is a basic and successful approach to shield individuals from infections before they interact with the actual illness

A dose of vaccine contains

  • the integer which is killed or weakened bacteria or virus
  • Adjuvants which helps in boosting the immunologic reaction
  • Preservatives and,
  • Stabilizers

HOW DOES THE COVID-19 VACCINE WORK?

The vaccine works by recognizing the invading germ of the bacteria or the virus which thus aids in production of antibodies which are proteins produced by the natural immune system

These antibodies immunity against disease so when the body is in contact with the actual disease it knows how to fight with it

ARE COVID-19 VACCINES SAFE?

Vaccines we see in market has been gone through three phase testing

in PHASE 1 it has been tested on small number of volunteers

in PHASE 2 it has been tested on hundreds of volunteers and

in PHASE 3 it has been tested on thousands of volunteers

All vaccines have passed medical tests and have been approved by Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and WHO under Emergency Utilization Listing (UEL)

TYPES OF COVID-19 VACCINES AVAILABLE:

  • WHOLE VIRUS VACCINE which includes Sinopharm and Sinovac
  • RNA or mRNA VACCINE which include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna
  • NON-REPLICATING VIRAL VECTOR which include Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sputnik-V
  • PROTEIN SUBUNIT which includes Novavax

All of them require 2 intramuscular doses.

SIDE EFFECTS OF COVID-19 VACCINE:

Like any other vaccination COVID-19 vaccination shows mild to moderate and short-lasting symptoms of COVID-19 such as

  • Influenza
  • Headache
  • Muscular pain at the injection site
  • Mild diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Chills

CAN A PERSON GET COVID EVEN AFTER VACCINATION?

It is not surprising that people are still testing positive for covid-19 after getting vaccinated but the number of such cases is very small because they have developed some immunity so the severity of the illness is very less and much reduced.

VACCINATION CENTRES IN LAHORE:

Govt. of Pakistan is providing free of cost vaccination for citizens above 19 years in different centers

Around 5.36 million doses have been given in Pakistan and 1.29 million people are fully vaccinated

But it is only 0.6 % of the population of Pakistan who has been fully vaccinated

COMMON MISONCEPTION ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINE:

Common myths are rumoring around such as

COVID vaccines alters DNA

COVID vaccines causes infertility

It’s not safe because of quick rollout

Asthma patients, Pregnant women and nursing mothers can’t get the vaccine

COVID vaccine causes COVID-19

You don’t need vaccine if you had COVID

Mask and social distancing are no longer needed after vaccination

 

We are all vulnerable to vaccine misinformation before believing any unsure information check it against any trusted site like www.who.int

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