More than 30 doctors of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 to 12 days, despite taking two vaccine shots.

According to experts, the COVID-19 vaccine prevents the illness from becoming a severe case and not the infection per se.

The official said, “All of them have mild symptoms and five of them are admitted at the hospital, while others are under home isolation. All of them are stable. All of them had taken at least one dose of the vaccine and most of them had taken both the shots. Due to this, they only have mild and not severe symptoms, nor admitted to ICUs. People should not panic about the vaccine.

How Does The COVID-19 Vaccine Works

The two vaccines available in India are Covaxin and Covishield. Covaxin is an inactivated vaccine, which means it’s made up of dead COVID-19 virus and is safe to inject into the body.

In comparison, Covishield, aka Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, uses a modified COVID-19 virus made from a mild version of a common flu virus known as an adenovirus found in chimpanzees.

Both the vaccines are safe and don’t cause any kind of illness. So what happens when you are vaccinated with either vaccine is that your immune system recognises the virus injected into your body, generates antibodies, and continues to processes information to make a memory of it. 

So that even if you’re exposed to the coronavirus, your immune system will then use this stored information to generate antibodies and protect you from the virus, thereby preventing you from becoming sick with COVID-19.

You need to be vaccinated twice to build stronger immunity against the virus. That’s because it takes about 2-3 weeks for antibodies to develop after the first dose is taken.

With the first dose, the antibody development is rather slow and takes time. However, with the second dose, the process becomes faster. Hence, both the doses must be taken within the stated time span and without any miss.

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However, it’s also important to note that getting vaccinated doesn’t mean that you are entirely immune to the COVID-19 virus. You might still become sick, even if you have been vaccinated and must take all the required precautions.

Even if you get sick, it may be extremely mild and probably won’t need any hospitalization, just like common flu and viral infections.

Probable Post-Pandemic World: COVID-19 Is Here To Stay

According to a study published in the journal Science, once most of the population is immune to the COVID-19 virus, either following natural infection or vaccination, the virus will no longer pose any threat than common flu or mild viral infection owing to seasonal change.

In other words, the coronavirus will come to resemble an “endemic,” a pathogen that spreads at low levels and rarely causes any serious illness. However, that too depends on how quickly the disease is spreading and how quickly vaccination is being rolled out.

The virus may come to resemble the seasonal flu, which is mild to some and more lethal to others.

Hence, one must always be careful and adhere to all the precautions even after being successfully vaccinated. The COVID-19 is simultaneously mutating, and even though research is being carried out to learn more about it, one can never be too careful.

The vaccines are unlikely to eradicate the coronavirus. The virus will become permanent, even though more benign and inhabitant in our environment.

It must be understood that the vaccines will prevent illness but not the infection and transmission, and the coronavirus will continue to circulate.

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Sources: The Hindu, The New York Times, BBC

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