The COVID-19 vaccine is finally here but the vaccine has given rise to rumours about the safety or efficacy of the vaccine. NT KURIOCITY asked a few locals if they are ready to get vaccinated amidst rumours about Covishield

There are many rumours and apprehensions among netizens, given that this is the first time that India has developed a complete ‘Make In India’ vaccine. Distinguished personalities from around the globe have come forward to take the vaccine to boost the confidence of the masses, many political leaders, including our Prime Minister, are set to get the vaccine dose in the next round, then why should we have a second thought? Given a chance, I would happily step forward and consider myself privileged to volunteer for the first-ever mass scale adult vaccine. Though masks can now be called as an essential piece of apparel, I still wish to hug my friends a little longer in person, attend my favourite concerts, achieve my checklist of travelling and go back to the old and real normal.

Shuvam Garabadu, Goa Institute of Management, Sanquelim

Covishield has undergone many trials and is successfully proven to be effective in producing antibodies against COVID-19 virus. It is an inactivated vaccine and chances of getting COVID-19 disease after taking the vaccine are very minimal. Hence, there should be no problem in taking the vaccine. Once vaccinated, you are compulsorily monitored for at least 30 minutes at the vaccination centre to look for immediate adverse effects. Also a central helpline number 104 is also instituted for COVID related inquires and assistance across the nation. One should not hesitate and definitely get vaccinated.

Bhagyashree Nayak, Goa Medical College, Bambolim

No. I’m not ready to get vaccinated just yet. Not because I’m worried about the side effects of the vaccine but, mainly because the vaccines in the market today aren’t that effective. We’re talking about an effectiveness of just 60 -70 per cent. As far as the side effects go, they vary from person-to-person and do not show up on everyone. Some small side effects like fever are common and is a display that the vaccine is working and that your body is producing new antibodies to fight the actual disease it was designed for.

Reuban Mascarenhas, Colva

I am not ready to get vaccinated as it might put my health at risk since no one knows what would be its side effects. I will wear a mask, sanitise myself, maintain social distance and keep myself safe.

Chiara Pereira, V M Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE), Raia

I would not get vaccinated because I do not want to take the risk of my health being affected. I would not mind waiting for a proper vaccine that does not have any side effects. The reason I would wait is because I have got used to this new normal of wearing a mask, using a hand sanitiser and maintaining social distance. So waiting for a few more months for an effective vaccine to come would be the most prudent decision.

Steven Fortes, V M Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE), Raia

As far as I know, the vaccine produced in India has undergone several tests. It is not possible that the authorities will simply come up with something that’s unreal and which directly bothers the lives of a 1.3 billion population. Till now there are only rumors about adverse side effects but nothing worse has been found except mild fever, body ache and weakness which last for not more than two to three days. And also the medical authorities across country have got themselves vaccinated to ensure the feeling of safety among people. So I won’t mind getting vaccinated. To my knowledge, vaccinated individuals are being monitored very well by doctors. So hope for the best.

Kishan Mangueshkar, Shiroda