Malayali doctor among others first to receive Covid vaccine
Kozhikode: As Britain started the biggest vaccination drive in the country’s history with the new Covid jab, people who are most at risk were offered the vaccine which began a few days back. Kannur native Dr Suresh Babu was among the first few who received the vaccine on Friday at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.
The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine is being given free of cost to all people in UK, which is the first country to approve the vaccine and start mass vaccination drive. People at high risk category were given the jab in the initial phase. The National Health Service (NHS) is offering the vaccine to those who are in high risk of catching the infection.
Speaking to mathrubhumi.com, Dr Suresh, who works as consultant at the Respiratory Department, said that he is positive and believes in the safety of the vaccine and hence went ahead to get it. The side effects are very minimal and tolerable. The doctor said he will receive the second shot three weeks from now. When more vaccines are made available, it would be available to rest of the population.
Dr Suresh explained that after the vaccine, one can go back to normal activities and it is best to get both the doses of the vaccine for best protection. Our body may take some time to build protection from the vaccine. “Following the vaccination, it takes upto 5 weeks after the first dose to develop immunity against coronavirus.”
Britain’s mass vaccination drive may extend to a long time and priority is being given to elderly in care homes, followed by over 80 and healthcare workers. Once this category gets over, then all individuals in the country will be offered the vaccine.
Margaret Keenan was the first person to receive the Pfizer Covid vaccine in England on December 8.
The Pfizer/BioNTech jab is the fastest vaccine to get into reality, taking only 10 months to follow the same steps that normally span 10 years. The vaccine has been approved on an emergency use.