There are still a lot of Filipinos who are still unsure whether they should get the Covid-19 vaccine or not. If you’re one of them, consider these reasons below and think about what the vaccine could provide you and the important people in your life.
Because now that effective vaccines for COVID-19 have been developed and are being rolled out to members of the public, we should all be educated and get an understanding of the benefits the COVID-19 vaccines have and why they greatly outweigh mild potential side effects or inconveniences that may be associated with it.
1. It reduces the risk of getting infected
As soon as you get your first shot, your body begins producing antibodies to the coronavirus. If you happen to be exposed, these antibodies help your immune system fight the virus and reduce your chance of getting the disease. Yes, you can still become infected after being vaccinated, but once more of the population is vaxxed, those chances are further reduced thanks to something called herd immunity. So, getting vaccinated not only reduces your chance of being infected but also reduces the likelihood of virus transmission which contributes to community protection.
Studies have shown vaccinated people who do get infected have mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 compared to those who aren’t vaccinated. That means your risk of hospitalization and death because of COVID-19 is nearly eliminated once you are fully vaccinated.
2. It will help us ditch the mask.
Evidence suggests that vaccinated people who might be infected with the coronavirus have fewer virus particles in their nose and mouth and are less likely to spread it to others. This finding means getting vaccinated not only protects you but also limits spreading the virus to loved ones and friends. Once you’ve received the vaccine and waited the recommended time for your body to build immunity, you can visit in person with other people who have been vaccinated without wearing a mask.
The vaccine is the final step in our effort to get back to a more normal way of life. Public health measures such as mask-wearing, physical distancing and hand-washing were implemented to slow the spread of the virus, and they have proven to work. And though masks are still recommended indoors in areas with high infection rates, the vaccine is our path toward eventually moving beyond them.
3. It will help us reconnect with friends and family
Ugh! Don’t we all want and long for that? Think about this — if you’ve been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated and not experiencing symptoms.
After a year of uncertainty, the vaccine has arrived and has clear benefits that should make everyone strongly considered getting the shot. By choosing to be vaccinated, you can protect not only yourself and your family but your community as well.
4. It can help your unborn baby or newborn.
A new study found that expectant mothers who receive the COVID-19 vaccine create antibodies to the virus and pass those to their unborn babies through the placenta. Mothers were also shown to pass antibodies to their newborns through breast milk which could help protect their babies. This suggests those newborns have some immunity to the virus, which is especially important as young children cannot get the vaccine.
Learn more about vaccine considerations for pregnant and nursing women.
Tips before getting vaccinated
Get enough sleep
Some say they got a little sleepy after the shot so it would help to have enough sleep before getting vaccinated.
Hydrate and eat well
The vaccine might make you feel thirsty or hungry as this has been reported to be experienced by some after the jab so gotta keep that belly cared for.
Be courteous and friendly to the staff
The security guards, health workers, and staff/organizers also get tired with everything’s going on and their daily grind to help in this battle. It would brighten up someone’s day if you could greet them and thank them. There will be different stations from filling out forms, medical assessment, actual vaccination to the signing of vaccination cards. Be sure to be courteous and show a smile from your eyes since you’re wearing a face mask.
My husband and I had Sinovac and we are so happy. No downtime at all. There was a slightly heavy feeling on the vaccinated arm but there was no pain and it was very tolerable. I was even able to do a light workout the very next day.
Here’s my vlog where my husband and I got our first dose of Covid vaxx. Watch to see the process especially if you’re from Quezon City just like us.
Yes, I am certified vaccinated. But I am not totally immune to infection. I take my Vitamins and food supplements every day. I eat healthy, hydrate, and exercise. I still wear a mask and stay away from crowds. I still quarantine and take RT-PCR tests before joining groups and taking part in projects/work with a team.
As more people continue to receive the vaccine, we might reach herd immunity, which means the spread of the virus becomes unlikely. It’s important we all receive the vaccine to help us achieve this public health goal. I am sure you too can’t wait to stop wearing the mask anymore, get together with your friends and loved ones, and be able to enjoy the outdoors and explore the world with your kids without the fear and worry of getting infected by the virus.
Together, let’s end this pandemic. Whatever it may be: Sinovac, Pfizer, Astra, Sputnik, etc. complete dose of these vaccines bring us one step closer back to how the world used to be. The best of life is yet to come and let’s all be around when that happens.