New Delhi: Two days ahead of India’s massive vaccination drive that will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday took to Twitter to bust some myths surrounding vaccination. Also Read - Oxford Preparing New Versions of Coronavirus Vaccine Shots to Fight New Mutant Variants
The massive vaccine drive will be the world’s largest vaccination programme covering the entire length and breadth of the country and all preparations are in place to initiate the programme on the principles of ‘Jan Bhagidari’. Also Read - Coronavirus Vaccine Maybe Less Impactful for People Who Are Suffering From Obesity, Here’s Why
Busting myths, the Union Health Minister answered questions on the side-effects of the vaccine and whether one can be infected with Covid as well as the effect of vaccination on the fertility of beneficiaries. Also Read - India to Supply Coronavirus Vaccines to 6 Countries From Tomorrow, Confirmation Awaited From 3 Countries
1) Do Covid-19 vaccines have side-effect?
As it is true for many other vaccines, some individuals can have side-effects such as mild fever and pain at the site of injection and body ache. However, these side-effects are temporary and should go away on their own after some time. These temporary side effects ever should not be confused as having contracted Covid-19.
2) Can one catch Covid-19 from the vaccine?
The health minister made it clear that no one will contract Covid-19 because they have been inoculated with a vaccine. “You cannot contract #COVID19 because you have been inoculated with a #COVID19Vaccine Temporary side effects such as mild fever should not be confused as having contracted #COVID,” the minister said in another tweet.
3) Can Covid-19 vaccine cause infertility in men and women?
To this question, the health minister said that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that the Covid vaccine could cause infertility in either men or women. He said infertility is not known to occur as a result of Covid-19 disease either. “Please trust only official channels of communication of the government to get correct information about Covid-19. Kindly do not pay heed to such rumours or information from unverified sources,” he added.
A total of 3,006 session sites across all states and UTs will be virtually connected during the launch and around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session site on the first day. Eventually, India aims to inoculate 30 crore essential workers in the first phase of vaccination.