Vaccines Work Wonders: World Immunization Week 2021
India and other countries the world over have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Resultantly, the healthcare industry witnessed a seismic shift, diverting focus from routine immunization to COVID Care.
What began as a few suspected pneumonia cases, soon ascended to becoming what we see as a worldwide pandemic today as the virus stands at its fiercest rage. The second wave is witnessing a much sharper impact, more adverse than the first one, with the new daily average rising above 3 lakh new COVID-19 cases per day as opposed to what was last year. It’s important to gauge the intensity of the situation and get vaccinated at the earliest.
That said, please know that India has an annual birth cohort of 2.8 crores, vaccinating such a huge populace doesn’t come easy, it is important to understand that if there’s a shortfall of vaccines in your vicinity, please remain patient, stay abreast of the latest COVID-related news and try reaching out again after some time. Please note that the government and medical fraternity together are trying their best to vaccinate maximum people. In fact, India is the first nation to dispense 14 crore vaccines within a short span of 100 days (as per the Union ministry of health and family welfare.) World Immunization Week is the perfect opportunity to sensitize people to go ahead and take the COVID-19 vaccine.
The challenge doesn’t end after getting vaccinated. Post vaccination, we need to keep taking all the precautions, for the sake of ensuring our own health and that of our loved ones too. It is a sincere request to limit stepping out of home and even if you must, please don’t forget to wear a mask and practice social distancing along with other preventive norms set out by our government.
Dr. Gayatri Kamineni
Deputy COO, Kamineni Hospitals