What are vaccines?
Taking the Covid-19 Vaccine is a safe way to protect your body against the dreaded disease. Vaccines are most effective if taken before getting infected. It mobilizes your body’s natural defenses to fight specific infections and makes your immune system stronger.
What are vaccines made of?
Most vaccines contain only killed or weakened forms of germs like viruses or bacteria therefore are not capable of causing disease or putting you at risk of its complications.
How are vaccines delivered into the body?
A good number of vaccines are given by injection, but some are given orally (by mouth) or sprayed into the nose.
Currently, there are vaccines available to protect against at least 20 diseases, including diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza, and measles. According to WHO, these vaccines save the lives of up to 3 million people every year.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine available in my area?
According to Google New, over 2.4 million doses have been administered with just about a 53million people being considered fully vaccinated. This is true since some vaccines require more than one dose. If it hasn’t reached your turn, wait patiently.
However, for some Nigerians, the wait to be vaccinated against the coronavirus is finally over. The country has just received a total of 3.92 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Consequently, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) flung an online portal and announced the guidelines for registrations.
How to register and book your appointment?
The registration is online, you’ll need an internet-enabled device. On your browser visit the NPHCDA’s registration portal.
What do you need to fill the form?
The vaccination form is a simple one, just your basic information will suffice, details such as full name, phone number, email address, date of birth, sex, a form of ID, a residential address including states, LGA of residence, and ward of residence.
As you complete the registration, you are to select your preferred vaccination date and time slot and upload a photograph. For health workers, on the form, you must select the option that asks ‘if you work in the health sector and if you have any medical conditions or allergies.
Lastly, you are required to enter a code and this completes your registration process.
Instantly, you should receive a message that your registration has been completed. You will also be issued a vaccination ID. The message goes thus:
“Registration Completed! Your Vaccination ID is:
Your data is successfully received.
Thank you for taking the time to fill the form, you will receive an SMS and email shortly containing your Vaccination No. and other instructions.”
What other ways can I be protected from COVID-19?
So, now that the wait for an effective vaccine is over, it’s important to also bear in mind that vaccines alone cannot eradicate the covid-19 virus. Other safety precautions must be adhered to. Such as,
- Correct use of face mask when in a public space.
- Physical distancing from strangers.
- Frequent hand washing.
- The use of alcohol hand rubs.
What should you do before taking your COVID-19 shot?
You might be wondering if you should pre-medicate to prevent allergies, pain, or fevers before going for the shot. The answer is ”not necessary” vaccines shot are barely painful, just a simple scratch and you’re protected.
For allergies you have to watch out for it, not merely taking prophylaxis in anticipation.
Who is eligible to receive the covid-19 vaccine?
Globally, healthcare workers are the topmost on the list of people who will receive the vaccine first. also, the NPHCDA said it will prioritize “frontline workers – the military, police, oil and gas workers, customs workers, and strategic leaders.”
Nigeria will be the third African country to receive a vaccine under the COVAX scheme, after Ghana and Ivory Coast. It should be noted that the vaccine will be administered without charges and the country is expected to receive a total of 16million free doses from COVAX in the coming months.
Everyone should endeavor to take these vaccines. Amidst the pandemic, a lot of misinformation and conspiracy theories held sway. It’s time to shred those beliefs and move on
Are there specific people who shouldn’t take the vaccines?
Ad initio the vaccine might reach everyone. For those with severe allergies, it’s advisable to review your medications and health conditions with your doctor to make sure that they are not going to interfere with your ability to get an injection. Other reasons may include
- If there are contraindications, (such as hypersensitivity to the component of the vaccines.) however, this should not prevent you from getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Should I get the Covid vaccine if I was infected with COVID-19?
Yes! The Centre for Disease and Prevention recommends that you should get the vaccine when it’s your turn. It doesn’t matter if you’ve had Covid previously and have recovered from it.
According to CDC, you likely developed a little bit of natural immunity but no one knows for sure how long that might last.
So, it’s better to boost your immunity and improve your protection without any harm.
What if I had COVID-19 and was treated with antibodies or Plasma?
Cleveland Clinic’s doctor, Neal Chaisson, MD recommends that you wait 90 days before getting vaccinated. According to Dr. Neal, this recommendation also applies if you got sick and received these treatments while waiting for your second dose of vaccine.