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Second Wave Fear
2/24/2021 8:44:19 PM
Fear of second COVID-19 wave already knocking at our doors has created panic. The voices to expedite the vaccination drive have become shriller.
At present the COVID-19 jabs are being provided to the frontline health workers and security personnel in J&K. The common people are waiting for the government to make the vaccines available for them also.
It seems that the Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to launch the vaccination drive for the public from the first week of March.
Experts are of the opinion that whosoever gets a chance should get vaccinated as the new COVID variants that have appeared in the country are mutated and are more deadly. The vaccination will at least help the people survive.
Rumours vis-avis COVID vaccines being unsafe stand dispelled as the health workers and others who were administered the vaccine have remained fit and fine. So people should not pay heed towards the rumours and get ready for the jabs.
Recently, the Government of India had written to the State and UT governments to expedite the vaccination drive so that people get the shield as soon as possible. We cannot wait for the people to develop herd immunity as for it to happen 80% people need to develop antibodies.
Experts fear that the second wave of COVID could prove more deadly as the new variants of the virus can infect the people who already have developed antibodies. But they believe that people who get vaccinated could get infected but their survival chances will be high.
It appears that the COVID-19 is there to stay for some more time as the virus is changing its colours. The vaccination is the only way out till the proper cure is found.
The administration in Jammu and Kashmir is gearing up in case there is a spike in the COVID cases across the union territory. The present situation seems under control but the past experiences indicate that the cases can witness a spike anytime. Hospitals and other health facilities need to be prepared to tackle the emergency. What happened in the past should not be repeated. Oxygen and ventilators should be made available in advance. One hopes that by now, the authorities in Jammu would have upgraded the oxygen plants which during the peak of the first COVID wave failed to cater to the patients.
Fingers are crossed and people are hoping that they won't once again witness the same trauma which they underwent last year. The virus is on the move and precautions only can keep us safe.
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