The COVID vaccine shot can certainly prevent you from the many complications associated by the virus that's still surging across the globe.With the newer coronavirus strains in circulation, there still exists a high risk of infection. However, as scientists are observing, there may be a difference in the way you develop symptoms.
Here are some things you need to know before getting prepped up for your vaccination turn:
Can you get infected after vaccination?
As per the newest findings, people can even get infected with the virus after getting the shot, but the symptoms may not be that severe. This new revelation came to light during the routine testing of healthcare providers at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), USA.
The healthcare institution found 14 breakthrough cases, where healthcare workers had contracted novel coronavirus after being fully vaccinated. The contraction was detected only because they were subjected to routine testing for work.
Other incidenceBreakthrough cases refer to people who tested positive 14 or more days after their second shot. This is because it takes about two weeks to develop immunity after the second shot.
During the clinical trial it was specified that after getting the shot when the volunteers came in contact with COVID strains, the severity of illness was less.
How effective a vaccine really is?
As per clinical studies and testing, AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine has 62 and 72 per cent, while Covaxin has 81 per cent rate of efficacy. In the case of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, the efficacy rate is 94 and 95 per cent respectively. This simply means that there is still chances that even after getting the dose a person may get.
Who is at the risk?
The risk of infection is higher among those who are already suffering from any kind of illness, have compromised immunity and are above 60 years. The vaccine can prevent severe illness, but as established, experts cannot really guarantee if any of the COVID vaccines could also prevent transmission of the virus to other people.
The bottom line
Even if the vaccination is not 100 per cent effective, it is the best alternative to protect yourself from COVID virus. You should not hesitate about getting the vaccine and should take the one available to you as soon as possible.
Latest findings also indicate that even after getting the COVID vaccine, you need to follow the necessary precautions. If you notice any changes in your health, immediately contact your doctor. Masks and social distancing would still need to be followed, till the time we get to herd immunity level.
(Times of India)