Never has the common public been so invested in the development of a medicine or vaccine, until COVID-19. After completely changing the way we look at diseases altogether, COVID-19 continues on its rampage across India and the best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated.
But it is natural to be afraid of medicine or injection that was created in record time. However, the worries surrounding the vaccine are rooted more in fear and lack of knowledge, than a valid reason. The sort of urban myths that have developed surrounding the vaccines has ranged from probable to ridiculous. But armed with the right information, you can understand COVID-19 vaccines better, and maybe even help others to overcome their fears.
Here are some things to keep in mind, as suggested by our in-house Dr Pakhi Sharma:
Do Your Research
There is a lot to be said about knowing all the aspects of what you’re putting into your body. Doing your own research can go a long way in demystifying a lot of concerns surrounding vaccination. Credible resources like government directives, healthcare publications, or even your trusted doctor can give you the information that you need to have a better understanding. The following is an informative video answering 25 important questions related to the vaccine.
Trust Your Doctors
While general information may be able to give you a better understanding, there is no one like your doctor to help you understand your vaccine risks. While these risks are minimal, it is important to have a conversation with your doctor before your shot. In case of any existing conditions, they will be able to help you gauge your risk and prepare for it.
Fight Fake News
As with most pressing matters, there is a lot of fake information surrounding COVID-19 and the vaccines. The best way to handle this would be to keep a keen eye on the sources of your information. Cross-checking information that is sent to you, or you see online, against news resources is the best way to do this. If any information is true and verified, chances are that most leading media organizations are already talking about it in detail.
Learn About The Actual Risks
When reading articles or listening to videos about COVID-19 and vaccines, there are a lot of numbers and rates being thrown around. But there is still a gap in terms of how people understand these risks. Being able to understand exactly how vaccines can impact the pandemic on a larger scale, can make a lot of difference. Resources such as the Harding Center are easily available to understand this better. There are also other resources that have simplified and decoded the complicated numbers, to be more easily understood.
Establish Vaccination As A Norm
When it comes to vaccines, it’s best to quote the WHO – ‘No one is safe until everyone is’.
The biggest fear surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines is that they are new, and are still being tested. While a lot of you may have the resources to learn more about it, that’s not the case with everyone. But every person who has the knowledge can pass it on.
From bringing it up in your conversations to sending helpful resources to your loved ones, or even sitting down and explaining to someone – all these small acts can normalize the vaccine.
While the threat of COVID-19 is still in front of us, vaccinations are the best way to regain control of the situation. By widespread vaccination, the magnitude of COVID-19 infection and its impact on personal and public health can be tackled. Addressing these myths with credible information is the first step towards achieving this huge task.
The fears surrounding COVID-19 vaccination are rooted more in fear of the unknown, than in actual facts. Seeking the right information, and facilitating conversations regarding it can make a lot of change.
If you’re still worried about getting vaccinated, do a bit of reading, talk to your doctors and then get registered at https://www.cowin.gov.in/home
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