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This week we write about the importance of being vaccinated to prevent the spread of Covid-19. As a university, we have a responsibility to protect our community, and research shows that the best way to fight a rapidly evolving virus is with a vaccine. Here’s how the vaccine works and what makes it so effective.
First, let’s look at how vaccines work in general. Vaccines teach your immune system how to create antibodies to protect you against disease. Once your immune system knows this, it can protect you and fight disease for many years. Thus, it is essential to receive the Covid-19 vaccine to ensure that your body is able to fight off the virus in case you become infected with Covid-19 at any time.
Some people have asked why a recall is needed – it’s due to the ever-evolving virus. As we have all seen, the virus evolves rapidly and each new variant comes with its own symptoms and threats. Therefore, we must receive reminders for maximum protection against all variants of Covid-19.
Then, world leaders whose countries have been affected by Covid-19 spoke about achieving herd immunity. That is, if enough people in a community are vaccinated, it is harder for the disease to spread to those who are unvaccinated or have weaker immune systems.
Herd immunity is the end goal of mass vaccination campaigns because it is necessary for the majority of a population to be vaccinated in order to prevent the most vulnerable members of society from becoming seriously ill. As such, it is certainly a collective effort to protect us all from the dangers of Covid-19.
CDC study reiterates that vaccine promotion and booster efforts are key to preventing Covid-19-related hospitalizations, or worse. Their study shows that the vaccine reduced the chances of being infected with Covid-19 at all. Indeed, Covid-19 hospitalizations are almost twenty times higher among those who are not vaccinated, compared to those who have received double doses of vaccine and a booster. There are still cases of Covid-19 among those vaccinated; however, the severity is much lower in those who are vaccinated than in those who are not.
In short, being vaccinated and receiving booster shots will not only protect your own health, but you will also serve the community by protecting others as well, which is vital in the much larger global fight against Covid-19.
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