COVID-19 Vaccines: Safety and Side Effects

Covid-19, the pandemic has already created an everlasting effect in everyone’s life from almost every aspect. The world is still going through a very tough time to overcome the ongoing situation. The outbreak of the virus in 2019 was first identified in Wuhan, China and very soon World Health Organization declared this as one of the deadliest pandemics the world has ever witnessed. The virus spread became uncontrollable and the citizens of every country were gearing up to face a situation that the world has not experienced in last 100 years. ‘Quarantine’, ‘lockdown’, ‘social distancing’ were few of the new words, those were making places in every household and on the other hand the Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers were working relentlessly to fight the situation. Millions of people have lost their lives, sadly this is still continuing in some parts of the world while the disease is still spreading. The global pandemic started as a life threatening illness and people started to be more cautious, taking all the preventive measures from wearing masks to using hand sanitizer and maintaining social distancing. Initially the struggle was tremendous to fight the spread of a completely unknown virus. The urgency of a virus was felt from the early days as people were unable to control it somehow. The countries worked persistently to invent the vaccine. After several unsuccessful attempts and clinical trials, the UK turned out to be the first country to approve the Pfizer vaccine and start the vaccination programme. Later, India also started the immunization process on 16th January, 2021 after the immunization week campaign. The vaccination process is unceasing and it is giving priorities to health care workers. Talking about the safety of the virus, it does have and can cause mild side effects which may vary from person to person. It does not give any disease to anyone. As vaccination is the best defence against serious infections as well as viruses like Covid 19, the government is also being very strict about proper distribution of the vaccines. For safety purpose the vaccines have gone through multiple steps and trials in cells and animals. After getting several authorization vaccines like CoVaxin, ZyCov-D, Astra-zeneca Vaccine dubbed as Covishield etc. are being applied. These vaccines have gone for trials for analyzing the safety and immunogenicity. But even after the invention and application of the vaccines, the preventive measures should be taken mandatorily and people should continue to wear masks, wash hands, use sanitizer and maintain social distancing. The Government is also continuing the campaign about Covid-19 safety after vaccination drive. The fight again this deadly virus is still continuing and will continue in future but it shall be overcome very soon, hopefully.

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