Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today reiterated that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and appealed to all the nurses, the anganwadi workers, and all other healthcare and frontline workers to come forward to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Rejecting the misinformation, rumours and negative messages about COVID-19 vaccination, he asserted that there are some vested campaigns that are not founded on facts and urged people not to fall prey to these.
The Minister said factually incorrect information like infertility due to the vaccine, adverse effects if alcohol is consumed after vaccination have come up quite prominently as few misconceptions, which need to be countered and nipped in the bud. He added that as more than one crore doses have been administered successfully and safely, it is a testimony in itself to the safety of the vaccines. Dr Harsh Vardhan asked people to work together to fight against COVID-19 adding that the world is not free of the disease and it is only with the collective effort that the country will overcome this public health challenge.
He said COVID-19 created immense uncertainties in lives of all sections of the society, but the community that it put most at risk is the medical fraternity who have been most exposed to the risk due to their professional commitment in treatment, surveillance and containment activities. Dr Harsh Vardhan said, the Nation is not only grateful but extremely proud of the medical fraternity that has relentlessly worked with unhindered commitment. The Minister said, due to this they have been first to be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination so that they are protected from the disease and from developing any complications, if exposed.
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