Shillong ( Meghalaya ), Feb 26 : In a press -statement , the state government has inform the public that the Covid-19 pandemic is far from being over.
It stated that worldwide, many countries are showing a sudden increase in the number of cases on a daily basis. In India also, many states are experiencing a sudden increase in the number of cases. Another serious concern is the appearance of new strains of the novel coronavirus and everybody need to realize that if we are ever to return to some semblance of normality, then the world’s population needs to be immune to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
The statement stated that this can be achieved by either: i) natural infection or ii) vaccines. Natural infection means getting infected with the virus, which should not be an option as we still do not have any effective treatment or cure for the disease. It is also important to understand that it is a killer disease. There are also 30 cases where people have got re infected in the State.
At national level, the country has already lost the lives of more than 1.55 lakh people in the country, including 148 persons in Meghalaya, the statement said .
One can easily recall the sad times during the initial days of the outbreak in Meghalaya, when we lost the life of a renowned senior doctor from Shillong to this dreadful disease, although he had access to emergency specialized medical care services at his disposal. Also, the public need to know that the last death in Meghalaya was a child who was barely a month old. So, it is evident that the disease does not spare any one.
We are one of the few fortunate countries who have access to safe vaccines which are effective against this dreadful disease. Vaccines are not new to us, and we have been using vaccines for decades to save the lives of thousands of infants, children and pregnant women.
One needs to know that vaccines are helpful because they protect against diseases for which there is no cure. These diseases can claim the lives of those who are infected.
Therefore, though vaccination is offered as a choice, realize that vaccines have been around a long time and have saved more lives than any other medicine. The risk of getting COVID and its awful and often long-term side-effects far outweighs any theoretical risk from a vaccine.
The current vaccine which is being used in Meghalaya is effective only after two weeks from the date of receiving the second dose, which is given after a gap of 4 weeks after the first dose. Those who have received the first dose, must track their due dates and get vaccinated with the second dose without undue delay.
The state has so far vaccinated over 40,000 healthcare and frontline workers in the State and there has been no major adverse effects following the immunization.