COVID-19 has adversely impacted the lives and livelihoods of millions around the world over the past year. The fear of a dangerous strain of the virus on the rise, especially in specific states in India, has led to night curfews and strict lockdowns being issued. Thankfully, the coronavirus vaccine has brought hope to people that COVID-19 could soon become a part of history.
For millions of people around the world, vaccinations mean a chance to be reunited with family and friends. However, even with the increasing number of vaccination drives in India we cannot throw caution to the wind.
For proper vaccination results in India, we have to get 2 doses of the vaccine with a gap of 4-8 weeks. Only after two weeks of the second dose of your vaccine, will you be considered fully vaccinated. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to build up immunity against the coronavirus. Therefore, it’s possible to contract COVID-19 before or after vaccination because the body’s immune system has yet to build a strong defense mechanism.
Remember - even if you are vaccinated against COVID-19, you can spread the virus to others, for you could still be asymptomatic. You could be a carrier of COVID, just like non-vaccinated people. Experts recommend that vaccinated people should continue to take safety precautions such as wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance (about 2 meters/6 ft) when:
- In public, as you could be surrounded by people who are vulnerable
- Visiting people who are unvaccinated and at increased risk of illness from COVID-19
- Being around unvaccinated people from multiple households
Fully vaccinated people can:
- Attend small sized gatherings (5 – 7 people) ensuring there’s enough space to maintain 6ft distance from one another.
- Share their experience with family and friends, associates and colleagues to spread awareness about vaccination.
For now, fully vaccinated people should not:
- Attend medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings.
- Engage in unnecessary travel, especially in areas that have the new variant of coronavirus. If you do travel, you should follow safety precautions same as the ones followed by people who are not vaccinated.
- Go out if you have symptoms of COVID-19. You should immediately get tested and quarantine yourself for safety.
- Senior citizens, especially, should not engage in any strenuous activity immediately after being vaccinated. They should take adequate rest to ensure there are no vaccine-associated health issues.
Folks can tread out cautiously and meet their loved ones in small gatherings. A new lease on life comes from the knowledge that your chances of exhibiting severe symptoms of Covid-19 are lower. Playing it safe even as you venture out is the best way to ensure that someday we will live in a world with big weddings, birthday parties and movie theaters! It’s the best way to keep yourself from getting sick with COVID-19 in the future—regardless of whether you’re already vaccinated. Small gatherings where you know everyone and can continue maintaining safety protocols are the best way to celebrate and enjoy the freedom the vaccines provide.
To ensure that your family and loved ones remain protected against COVID hospitalization expenses and other medical costs, you should have a comprehensive health insurance policy. Cost of COVID-19 treatment and hospitalization expenses are covered in all health insurance plans ( amount varies on insurer and plan). Purchasing health insurance is made easy with SANA’s 3 simple steps of compare, select and purchase.
We invite you to visit our health insurance portal, sana.insure for impartial and convenient access to information on various health policies available in India, best suited to your needs.
Wish you a healthy and happy life!