Astra Zeneca (Covid 19 vaccination)
COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is a vaccine for preventing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in people aged 18 years and older. COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is made up of another virus (of the adenovirus family) that has been modified to contain the gene for making a protein from SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca does not contain the virus itself and cannot cause COVID-19. The European Medicines Agency has said that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective, and not associated with an increased overall risk of developing blood clots.The arrival of long-awaited Coronavirus vaccines from reputable pharmaceutical companies across the world was greeted with a sigh of relief. The anxiety and depression brought about by COVID-19 pandemic, with the resultant deaths and paralysis of world economies and other spheres of life, were simply crushing. One of the acclaimed vaccines was the AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured by Serum Institute of India. The Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine was proven at Phase Three, the final stage of clinical trials, to be 70.4% effective against COVID-19. In practice, it’s actually above 80% effective, especially when the doses are given with twelve weeks in between them also one dose alone holds at 76% efficiency, for three months.
No safety and efficacy standards have been compromised by the Nigerian government in the introduction of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, as it was tested and certified as safe and effective for use in Nigeria by NAFDAC. None of the approved brands of COVID-19 vaccine is inferior. The Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine costs relatively less than other available brands of COVID-19 vaccines, not because it is inferior, but because AstraZeneca, which partnered Oxford to produce the vaccine, announced that they would not be making profit during this pandemic and decided to sell at the cost price.
Due to the controversies on the effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, there have been concerns that Nigerians should be cautious in administering the vaccine. But the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), said it has not received any official report of serious adverse effects from any of those that have been vaccinated. One of the reason for these controversies is that some persons that received the AstraZeneca jab experienced blood clot. The EU’s health authority and the WHO have maintained that the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks, which probably explains why these European countries have resumed rolling out the AstraZeneca vaccine and are administering it on their citizens.
Currently, there are fears circulating about potential side-effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine or about any vaccine that has been created for COVID. Some people are concerned about the speed of the vaccine, but this is an unprecedented global crisis. Because of the hit on the economies and livelihoods of people across the world, Governments poured money and time into research in a way that has never been seen before. But in the true sense, If the world approached every public health crisis like this, many viruses would receive medicines just as quickly.
Some frequently asked questions concerning the side effects of AstraZeneca includes the following;
Will the vaccine change my DNA?
Will the vaccine paralyse me?
Will the vaccine make me infertile?
The answers to the questions are NO. AstraZeneca vaccine does not change your DNA nor clot your blood nor make you infertile. The AstraZeneca vaccine cannot change your DNA or reshape a human cell. Your body just receives instructions from the vaccine, telling you how to create a completely organic defence against the virus. The body then learns what COVID looks like, and creates antibodies that can identify and fight the virus when it comes across them. The vaccine makes antibodies for us before COVID. But when people get the virus without a vaccine, their bodies make those protective antibodies.
The most common side effects with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca are usually mild or moderate and improve within a few days after vaccination.
These common post-vaccine symptoms icludes the following:-
- Pain, warmth, redness, itching, swellin at the site of the injection
- Generally feeling unwell
- Joint pain or muscle ache
Some less common but possible side effects includes:-
- Feeling dizzy
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Excessive sweatin