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    The COVID-19 vaccine is here in the form of light at the end of the tunnel. Bringing in humongous hope for better days, it might put an end to the devastating havoc all around the world. It is impossible to forget the wreckage that has been caused, but we are certainly headed towards a safer tomorrow.

    Vaccination drives are currently under full swing in all parts of the world. Health institutions all over Oman have effectively stepped up their efforts in this national vaccination drive. All of this may be quite overwhelming, but it is the absolute need of the hour. You may have a zillion thoughts in mind, but the vaccine is our sole source of hope. So without much ado, let’s answer your COVID-19 vaccine queries and get you well-prepped before your 1st dose.

    Why do we need the COVID-19 vaccine?

    The vaccine is essential for stimulating the body’s immune system to generate antibodies that can fight the COVID-19 virus.

    How many vaccine doses do you need?

    Most COVID-19 vaccines require 2 doses. The time frame between the two doses depends on the type of vaccine, usually ranging between 21-28 days.

    Why do we need to get vaccinated?

    The vaccine can provide protection against the disease by developing an immune response to the SARS-Cov-2 virus. If exposed to the virus, it reduces the risk and severity of the infection and makes it less likely for people around you to catch the infection from you.

    Who needs to get vaccinated?

    The COVID-19 vaccines are safe for most adults over the age of 18 years. It is considered safe for most people with auto-immune disorders and pre-existing conditions that include: asthma, diabetes, hypertension, pulmonary, liver and kidney disease and stable, controlled chronic infections. It is advisable to consult your health care provider before getting your vaccine, in case of any severe health conditions.

    Which vaccines is Oman offering?

    Currently, Oman offers the Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, CoronaVac and SputnikV vaccines. These vaccines have been selected by Oman based on their efficacy and safety that have been approved by guidelines and research.

    How effective is the vaccine?

    The current effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, CoronaVac and SputnikV vaccines ranges between 60% to 90%.

    What does having side effects mean?

    The COVID-19 vaccine is meant to stimulate your immune system to protect you from the virus. In some cases, you may develop side effects like fever or headache. Also, not having any side effects does not imply you are not being protected. There may be side effects or there may be none.

    Do you need to take preventive measures even after your vaccination?

    Yes. Vaccines are an add-on to preventive measures. Getting yourself vaccinated prevents you from developing disease symptoms and lessens the complications caused due to COVID-19. Taking preventive measures after getting vaccinated reduces the risk of contracting the infection.

    Protect yourself against the COVID-19 Virus

    Become an active part of this fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and get yourself vaccinated. Don’t forget to take proper preventive measures when you step out of home. Maintain social distancing, wear a mask and maintain proper hygiene. Remember, little efforts today contribute to a healthier tomorrow. Let’s do our bit and make this world a safer place.

    Get yourself vaccinated and contribute to a healthier and safer tomorrow.