Srinagar: As the COVID-19 vaccination drive is gaining momentum in Kashmir fears about the side effects of the jab are getting dispelled.
An expert while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “The rumour mongers who were out to create confusion stand exposed as none of their theories have turned out to be true.”
He said, “Health workers have already received the vaccinations and in the second phase police and other members of the security forces are being vaccinated. The vaccinations are working and the COVID cases are on a decline.”
The expert said, “In the coming days the vaccination drive will also commence for a common man and no one should hesitate in getting him/herself vaccinated. Developing antibodies is the only way to defeat the pandemic that halted our normal lives for nearly a year.”
A medico said, “The number of COVID positive patients visiting the hospitals has also come down and it appears that we are heading towards normalcy. But people need to get themselves protected before another wave of COVID comes.”
He said, “The threat of pandemic is still not over. It’s very much there. People still need to follow the COVID norms. They should wear masks, use sanitizers and maintain social distancing. The guard cannot be lowered as it will take a lot of time for all of us to develop herd immunity.”
It’s in place to mention here that top officers are leading from the front and have volunteered to get the COVID-19 jabs. “We are doing so to tell the people that there is nothing to worry as the vaccines are safe and these are must for our protection,” said one of the officers, who recently got himself vaccinated.
An analyst said that the process of vaccinating the people needs to be expedited as it will help in making people feel safe and would allow them to move out more freely. “In coming days schools and colleges are set to reopen in Kashmir. The administration should formulate a strategy to launch the vaccination drive in the institutions itself. It’s important to make children safe and provide them with a cover.”
He said, “Children are also keen to resume their normal lives by returning to schools but their parents are apprehensive about their safety. The administration needs to come up with a solution so that schools and colleges don’t turn into COVID-19 hotspots.”