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Vaccination doesn`t guarantee 100% protection, wearing mask is must

By: Team Ifairer | Posted: 07-01-2021
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Experts have cautioned that while India may have approved two Covid-19 vaccines - Covaxin and Covishield - for emergency use, vaccination doesn't guarantee 100 per cent protection from the viral disease. Experts say at present, people must continue to wear masks to protect themselves from contracting the disease. "It will require another 6-12 months before we can let our guards down completely. Although India is planning to start the vaccination drive soon, it would be only by early 2022 by when a majority of the population would be vaccinated. Till then, we have to be on our guards. Wearing masks, maintaining social distance and avoiding outdoor activities is still important," said Dr Bharesh Dedhia, critical care head, at Mumbai's Hinduja Hospital.

Stressing on the need to wear mask, Dr Mala V Kaneria, consultant, infectious diseases, at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre said even a vaccinated person will still need to wear mask because vaccines don't offer 100 per cent protection, especially if the virus mutates. "A person can get infected even after vaccination. Besides, vaccines take about a fortnight to develop antibodies. If the vaccinated person is exposed to the virus before that, they could get infected," Dr Kaneria said.

Speaking about the vaccination drive and the challenges that India may face in executing the task, Dr Kaneria said it will be a "mammoth task" for the State. "Though India has the largest health programme as far as immunization is concerned, vaccinating a billion people will be a daunting task." Dr Lancelot Pinto, consultant pulmonologist, at PD Hinduja Hospital and MRC said there are three main reasons why people must continue wearing masks even after being vaccinated.

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