Saturday, Jan 16, 2021 08:30 [IST]

Last Update: Saturday, Jan 16, 2021 02:59 [IST]

Fingers crossed

Even as we eagerly wait for the Covid vaccination process to start, there are concerns about its safety and potential side effects. Many are already contemplating refusing to get themselves inoculated, citing insufficient trial data and safety standards. And leading the anti-vax pack are opposition leaders in the country. Dr Krishna M Ella, CMD of Bharat Biotech on Thursday slammed the Congress party over the criticism of its coronavirus vaccine by some of its leaders saying that 'COVAXIN', indigenous Covid vaccine developed by the company, is the safest in the world. Congress MP Manish Tewari had raised objection on the rollout of Covaxin. Tewari had said that government should either not roll out Covaxin till its efficacy and reliability is completely established or phase 3 trials are not over. He had further said that Indians are not guinea pigs.
The Covid vaccine that is set for launch in the state on Saturday is safe and offers long-term protection against Covid-19, experts have said. According to them, the side effects of the vaccine are not significant. As of now, our only defence against this sneaky virus is the vaccine and we have little or no choice.  According to experts, taking the vaccine was important as it could save people from death, other post-Covid health complications, spreading to others who are in the vulnerable category.
The Health Ministry released list of potential side effects to the public as an advisory, saying these symptoms could be mild and easily managed. However, it is crucial to note here that both the vaccines are not recommended for those younger than 18 years, lactating mothers women and during pregnancy.
 As of now, all we can do is hope and pray that this vaccine will provide us with some respite from the coronavirus which is showing no signs of slowing down. The battle is still on and the vaccine is our hope as of now. The ultimate exit strategy from this pandemic will involve a safe and effective vaccine, treatments for those who have Covid-19, and cheap mass testing. We already have some of these tools, with more expected in the coming months. Although it has been challenging, the progress of science means we will have a window of opportunity to defeat this destructive pandemic. That should give us all cause for hope and optimism.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi