A Covid 19 vaccine is a vaccine intended to provide acquired immunity against severe acute respiratory syndrome 2 (SARS CoV 2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The Covid 19 vaccines are widely credited for their role in reducing the spread, severity, and death caused by Covid-19. So, our advice at I-Watch is that people should get vaccinated as soon as is practicable, because covid-19 vaccination is the only weapon to stop the virus spread.
Looking at how fast this deadly Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is spreading, Covid-19 vaccines along with social distancing and masks are the only way to come out of this pandemic alive. Covid-19 vaccines have passed certain goalposts to ensure safety and efficacy, and all the approved Covid-19 vaccines are safe.
Now that effective vaccines for Covid-19 have been developed and are being distributed to members of the public, it is key for folks to understand the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccines and why they greatly outweigh mild potential side effects or inconvenience that may be associated.
The possibility of serious complications for anyone who gets the virus along with the public health consequences of the pandemic’s continuing its course, are strong reasons in favor of getting vaccinated,
Many countries have implemented phased distribution plans that prioritize those at highest risk of complications, such as the elderly, and those at high risk of exposure and transmission, such as healthcare workers Single dose interim use is under consideration to extend vaccination to as many people as possible until vaccine availability improves.
Why Is Getting Vaccinated Important?
Covid-19 disease can cause serious and life-threatening complications. And as it is a new infection, there is limited information about it, and not much is known how it will affect people in the long run. If you get sick with Covid-19, you can spread it to your family, friends and those who are around you.
Getting vaccinated with any of the approved Covid-19 vaccines can offer some protection, similar to natural immunity, which you acquire when infected with Covid-19, without getting sick.
Covid-19 vaccines will not prevent you from catching Covid-19, but they will protect you from getting seriously or critically ill even if you get infected with Covid-19. This will drastically reduce fatal complications and hospitalization due to the infection. Vaccines are deployed to reduce the infection in a susceptible population substantially.
Even if we can't get rid of the virus entirely, the vaccines can help get rid of the disease in the form of worst outcomes. Experts say the math shows that the end game is vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate.
The recent increase in hospitalizations that is causing strains on many countries health care systems is almost exclusively among unvaccinated individuals. The covid-19 vaccination is the only weapon to stop the virus. It’s the best tool we have to protect our health systems. And it’s the best way to keep countries economy thriving, preventing encroachment on personal freedoms and put this pandemic behind us once and for all.
There is plenty of information to show that 95 to 99% of Covid-19 patients’ hospital admissions are unvaccinated people. You and plenty of others just won't listen. What don't you understand? Yes, vaccinated people can and do get infected, but very small percent require hospitalization. 1 - 5%. Math is easy.
Here Are Some Answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions about Covid-19 Vaccines:
While there are thousands of commonly and frequently asked questions about Covid-19 and its vaccines. We at I-Watch have tried to answer a few of them here.
- Which vaccine is better?
The best vaccine is the one that is available to you. All of the approved vaccines by World Health Organization have shown satisfactory results in the clinical trials. Both these vaccines have undergone rigorous clinical trials to ensure safety and efficacy. There is no difference between these vaccines in terms of dosage. The effectiveness of these vaccines according to the global reports is well over 79% efficacy after the third phase trials. Get vaccinated whenever and whatever is available rather than waiting for a particular brand.
- What If the Second Dose of the Covid-19 Vaccine Is Delayed?
Health experts say there is no need to worry or panic if the second dose of any of the Covid-19 vaccines is delayed for a few days or weeks. If the second dose is delayed, you need not restart the vaccine series again. It is not feasible to adhere to the scheduled interval as there is a shortage of vaccines, so delay in vaccination is unavoidable. There is not enough information about how effective the vaccination will be if the second dose is delayed.
Getting vaccinated with the available vaccine is very important to break this chain of transmission. You also need to follow the safety guidelines like washing your hands regularly, maintaining social distance, and wearing masks regardless of getting vaccinated. Remember no one is safe until everybody is vaccinated and Covid-19 vaccine is the only weapon to stop the virus.
- None of the Covid-19 vaccines can make you sick with Covid-19.
None of the Covid-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes Covid-19 so a Covid-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with Covid-19.
- Covid-19 vaccines are safe.
• Though Covid-19 vaccines were developed rapidly, all steps were taken to ensure their safety and effectiveness Covid-19 vaccines were developed using science that has been around for decades.
• Covid-19 vaccines are not experimental. They went through all the required stages of clinical trials. Extensive testing and monitoring have shown that these vaccines are safe and effective.
- Are Covid-19 effective?
• Covid-19-vaccines are effective. They can keep you from getting and spreading the virus that causes Covid-19. Covid-19 vaccines also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get Covid-19.
• Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19.
- The vaccines do not affect or interact with our DNA in any way.
The Covid-19 vaccines are a new type known as mRNA (messenger RNA) vaccines. These mRNA vaccines give instructions to our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the spike protein. The spike protein is found on the surface of the virus. Covid-19 mRNA never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where DNA (genetic material) is stored. Once the instructions are inside your muscle cells, the cells use them to make the protein piece, then the cells break down the instructions and get rid of them.
Next, the cell places the protein piece on its surface. The immune system spots the protein and begins building an immune response and making antibodies to fight the infection. At the end of this process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future infection.
- Delta Variant.
The Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than earlier forms of the virus that causes Covid-19. It might cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated people.
• Vaccines continue to reduce a person’s risk of contracting the virus that cause Covid-19, including this variant.
• Vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, including against this variant.
• Fully vaccinated people with breakthrough infections from this variant appear to be infectious for a shorter period.
• Get vaccinated and wear masks indoors in public spaces to reduce the spread of this variant.
Covid-19 vaccination is the only weapon to stop the virus that we need to battle the pandemic.
Though many countries are still struggling to combat the pandemic, efforts should be made to discourage their leaders, especially in developing countries from considering shut downs of any form in their regions to avoid further economic deterioration and impoverishment of the people, despite the skyrocketing number of new cases and hospitalizations. People need to be able to go to work. They need to be able to let their children go to school and be able to live their lives. People need to be reminded that no one is safe until everybody all over the world is fully vaccinated. This isn’t about bullying people about vaccinations. This isn’t about shaming individuals even though some people have legitimate concerns and questions, and that’s OK. But folks should be encouraged to discuss their concerns with trusted, reputable medical professionals and I think, in most cases, they’ll find the vaccine is an effective and safe weapon to stop the pandemic.
Covid-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build body protection.
• Get vaccinated regardless of whether you already had Covid-19. Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had ovid-19. Expert study shows that unvaccinated people who already had Covid-19 are more than 2 times as likely as fully vaccinated people to get Covid-19 again.
• Covid-19 is still a threat to people who are unvaccinated. Some people who get Covid-19 can become severely ill, which could result in hospitalization, and some people have ongoing health problems several weeks or even longer after getting infected. Even people who did not have symptoms when they were infected can have these ongoing health problems.
• Covid-19 has caused very serious illness and death for a lot of people.
• If you get covid-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get very sick. Getting a covid-19 vaccine is a safer choice because covid-19 vaccination is the only weapon to stop the virus.
Covid-19 vaccination is the only weapon to stop the virus spread.
Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines work with your immune system, so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
The combination of getting vaccinated and following public health recommendations to protect yourself and others provides the best protection from Covid-19. Ending the Covid-19 pandemic will halt the growing negative impact the virus is having on education, the economy, health care and countless other activities of a functioning society.
I-Watch notes that the public health benefit of the vaccine is the main reason for its use.
“This is how we end the pandemic, full stop,” I-Watch says “Once that is done, we can have a normal society again. We can enjoy daily life, family events, work and school without distancing, without masks and without fear. We will once again enjoy regular shopping trips and dining out and family vacations without constant worry about the consequences. We can have real holiday activities instead of virtual ones. It’s very simple: We will get our lives back.”
Covid-19 vaccine is a safer way to help build body immunity..
Covid-19 can bring upon serious, life-threatening complications, as hospitals around the world are seeing in hundreds of patients daily who need hospitalized care. Even though it affects certain groups less seriously than others based on age, health and other factors, it is still not possible to predict how Covid-19 will affect any individual.
Getting Covid-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. But experts do not know how long that immunity lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. Getting vaccinated creates an antibody response, so that you are protected without having to experience the illness. Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important aspects of Covid-19 that experts are investigating. Health care officials and agencies plan to keep the public informed about new developments.
A Covid-19 survivor says getting infected with the Covid-19 virus is the least desirable and least safe way to develop immunity.
“It was harrowing. I was scared for eight days about what the next day would bring,” Covid-19 survivor said. “I would watch my oxygen level drop. I knew what I was in store for if I had to be hospitalized and undergo intensive care. Each day, I would get up feeling better, thinking I had beaten this thing, only to have the symptoms spike again in the evening. It was like the repeated scenes in ‘Groundhog Day’ for eight nights. That kind of experience, which, as we know, not everyone survives, can be prevented with the vaccine. So, it makes complete sense to get the vaccine.”
The Covid-19 vaccine will help keep people from getting the virus.
Covid-19 vaccines were evaluated in clinical trials and have been approved because those studies show that the vaccine significantly reduces the probability of contracting the virus.
Based on what has been proved about vaccines for other diseases, the Covid-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill, even if you do get the virus. Getting vaccinated also may protect people around you particularly those at greater risk for severe illness from Covid-19.
I-Watch says the true value of the vaccine is more easily seen when we consider what would happen if the development of a vaccine had failed.
“We would be faced with an exploding pandemic for which there was no end in sight,” I-Watch. “It might continue to burn through the population for another two to four years.”
I-Watch compares the rapid development of a safe, highly effective vaccine to both a “home run” and an event that might be seen as divine intervention.
“First, scientists developed the strategy and drug quickly,” I-Watch. “Second, the resulting vaccine works at an almost unprecedented level of effectiveness. Third, the side-effect profile is the same as for most vaccines. You may get aches and fever that are gone in two days, on average. So, this is a walk-off, grand-slam home run in the last game of the World Series that you rarely witness in medicine.”