India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, which is the world’s largest vaccination program according to the government, is gaining momentum with over 16 lakh (16,15,504) citizens vaccinated until 8 am on 25 January.
The numbers are steadily growing, from an average of 30-40 health workers taking the vaccine jab at each vaccine site in the initial days of the drive to now over 50 people showing up.
Yet vaccine hesitancy still exists even among health workers receiving it.
From the doctors to the people associated with hospitals all across the country, everyone gives a thumbs up to India’s vaccine. Healthwire Media interacted with some of them to get their opinion to you about the vaccine.
Doctors And Healthcare Workers Share Their COVID-19 Vaccine Stories
- Dr Shubhank Singh, Medanta Mediclinic Defence Colony, New Delhi
I got my vaccine on 22nd January at Medanta Gurgaon. I got Covishield.
I was in observation for about half-hour as per the usual protocol and I was feeling fine after getting the shot but after 2 hours I felt mild nausea and some heaviness in my head and then during OPD I was feeling malaise and weakness.
In the evening when I came back home there was a mild headache, and body aches. Then I took a paracetamol and a pantocid because I was feeling a mild epigastric burning sensation and then I slept and I slept very nicely for around 7-8 hours and next day onwards I was feeling okay.
Initially, when the vaccines were launched for children there was so much of confusion, there were so many doubts but later people across the globe accepted vaccines
Vaccines are not going to make any harm however any medication can have side effects or some adverse reactions. So far, according to studies this vaccine don’t have any dangerous adverse effects but there can be some side effects such as fever, body ache, headache because the immune response is initiated in the body, however, if you are under medical supervision always inform your clinician that after getting shot you have some symptoms.
People who are vaccinated that I know are feeling good after taking vaccine some of them have mild symptoms of nausea and body ache but it is quite usual to have and with symptomatic medications such as Pantocid, paracetamol it’s subsided. Nothing to worry about.
There could be regular side effects expected after vaccination, such as muscle ache, nausea. But similar to other types of vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines undergo trials and testing involving thousands of volunteers to make sure that these are safe before being approved.
- Dr Nupur Gupta, Founder Well Woman Clinic, Director Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Fortis Memorial Research Institute Gurugram
I got myself the vaccine shot in the institute on 23rd January, and I am delighted that the country has managed to get the vaccine in such a short time
I got Covishield vaccine and after observation for about half-hour I feel mild weakness, but after taking some rest, I am feeling better now.
I believe that after facing Covid-19 it was another opportunity for doctors to set an example and dispel fears over the jab.
This vaccine is intended to protect an individual and also to ensure that the person is not in the path of transmission of the infection in the future.
I want to emphasize that you are serving two roles when you take the vaccine in the current circumstances. You are defending yourself, your immediate family, and you are more prepared and confident that we have sworn in to fulfil your duties.
Second, when I get vaccinated, I am unable to spread the virus. I suppress the transmission chain.
- Shreya Khatri, Assistant Manager, Marketing and Communications
There was always fear in mind because of the close proximity to coronavirus patients.
But now I am feeling much safer after taking Covid-19 vaccine on 25th January. I got Covishield shot and didn’t feel any weakness, or side effects.
I am really proud that I took that shot and contributed to the nation. I also want to give all the credits to the scientists who worked day and night for the development of a vaccine.
Personally, I feel like we should make everyone understand that we can not waste this window of opportunity, we all have to come forward and trust the scientist and our government.
- Dr Neelam Mohan, the Director at Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, Medanta Medicity Hospital, Gurgaon
This is such a moment where I can easily say that this is a ‘sanjeevani’ 2021 run since we are gripped in the time of corona, and all of us have been talking nothing except vaccination.
I got Covishield shot on 16 January and really like to appreciate and salute to all the scientists who really worked and the amount of support that the government gave for expediting this work is also commendable.
There are various types of vaccines that are available, and the first jab is being given to the doctors and the health care workers so the public should get an indirect confidence that the doctors are taking it on themselves. Therefore this is another applause that the medical fraternity should get.