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COVID-19 Vaccines…A Necessity or an Evil?

COVID-19 has changed our way of life in many ways, from social gatherings and working from home to the signature mask. In Ghana, the cases have risen, making it essential to put in extra stringent measures to curb the spread.

 

 

COVID-19 has changed our way of life in many ways, from social gatherings and working from home to the signature mask. In Ghana, the cases have risen, making it essential to put in extra stringent measures to curb the spread.

Countries worldwide are racing to find long-lasting solutions to this pandemic, in addition to the daily protocols of washing our hands thoroughly, observing social distance, wearing masks, etc.

 

One of the solutions gaining ground is the vaccines from various pharmaceutical companies.

However, the question arises as to whether everyone can take these vaccines, either out of necessity or choice. Although many people have taken the vaccine, others have not for various reasons.

About 2.1% of the population have been vaccinated, but not all within this percentage have had the double dose. Some because they have not had access to it, while others have not due to some concerns. Some of these concerns include:

 

  • Possible side effects: These side effects are usually mild, with few cases of severe ones. They may include headaches, weakness, and pain for a few days in the area where the vaccine was administered. However, it is best to prepare adequately before taking the vaccine, with basic measures such as eating heavily, drinking lots of water and having sufficient rest.

 

  • Personal concerns such as conspiracy theories: Due to the novel nature of the coronavirus, many people are still concerned about how effective the vaccine will be and whether it’s genuine at all. Popular myths surround the vaccine, such as infertility issues, whether the vaccine contains microchips and concerns about whether the vaccine can cause another variant. Due to the quick rate of the vaccine’s production, many are reluctant to take it for fear that manufacturers skipped some essential steps in a quest to produce a vaccine as soon as possible. However, health experts have debunked most of these theories.

 

  • Convenience: Some people are unsure where they can access the vaccine, and factors such as distance, queues, etc., contribute to their reluctance to take the vaccine. Some also do not have enough information such as age requirements, dates, etc.

 

Additionally, some people do not see the extent to which the virus can cause damage or spread. Therefore, they find it needless to take the vaccine as they do not view the virus as a risk to their health.

 

Here are some vaccine facts worth noting:

  • Anyone from the age of 12 and above can receive the vaccine in many countries. However, in Ghana, the approved age is 18.
  • The vaccine can still prove beneficial, even after one has already had the coronavirus.
  • It is vital to continue wearing a mask and washing your hands, even after taking the vaccine.
  • The vaccines are currently free of charge, making them accessible to many.
  • Those with underlying conditions such as diabetes need to get the vaccine as soon as they can.
  • There are currently four primary vaccines, namely from Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and AstraZeneca.
  • The side effects discussed are usually short-term and indicate that your immune system is responding appropriately.

 

The vaccines can easily be accessed in designated clinics across the country, depending on whether the vaccines are available. Currently, there are more vaccines available, with countries such as Germany supporting Ghana’s COVID-19 fight with about 1.5m doses of vaccines.

 

Whether one decides to take the vaccine or not, it is best to put in a personal conscious effort to protect ourselves and loved ones and combat this virus as much as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Nana Boatemaa Sem-Danso/ PR & Comms Expert

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