100% Vaccination Will Suppress Third Wave: Expert


Dr Abdul Rouf

Srinagar: The vaccination of the entire population in Jammu and Kashmir could prevent or suppress the possible third coronavirus wave hitting the Union Territory, a senior doctor said on Monday.

“Everything about the emergence of third Covid-19 wave, its severity and impact on children has been talked about on Social Media but there is equal possibility of preventing or suppressing it, by ensuring cent percent vaccination of the entire population”, said Dr Rouf, Public Health consultant.

He said that the strategy of vaccinating the entire population must be implemented properly without leaving behind any eligible individual. This, he said, will increase the defence mechanism against new infection in the body and nullify chances of catching virus again.

Dr Rouf said that if all the adults in a family get vaccinated, the chances of children getting infected are highly unlikely as vaccinated parents become a shield for children.

He maintained that infodemics needs to be curbed which induces fear and Covid vaccination phobia among the people.

The senior medical practitioner advised people to cross check the source of news from Google to ascertain veracity of content of news which will help them not to fall for fake stories.

He said that the research regarding Covid vaccination for children is being conducted in many countries and added that if vaccination for children is allowed in near future then the process shall be taken on priority basis. This, he said, will protect children from the deadly disease.

“The data regarding the second wave shows adults as well as children have developed immunity against the virus and children remained mostly unaffected except some children with co-morbidity diseases. However, the intensity of the third wave and its adverse impact depends on the mutation of corona virus and behavior of new variants viz-a-viz propagation and severity of infection,” Dr Rouf said.

Moreover, he said that people need to bring about behavioural changes in themselves corresponding to Covid, like developing the habit of mask wearing and washing of hands frequently.

“This will protect us, in case we may have to live with Covid for a few more years,” he added.

Rejecting the claims made by some people that they feel suffocated while wearing masks; Dr Rouf said that there was an advisory for wearing double masks and it is not appropriate to make such excuses.

“I have been working in the Covid for one and a half year and yet he never got infected because of vaccination and observance of Covid SoPs, particularly wearing of masks,” he said.

Besides, he emphasized that the Covid guidelines issued by the government time and again like maintenance of physical distance, wearing of mask and washing of hands with soap, shall have to be followed without any lethargy.

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