With AstraZeneca expected to deliver nine million more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union for the first quarter of 2021, the world has plenty of drugs to fight the ongoing pandemic. Many experts see the current vaccination rollout as the best way to put an end to the coronavirus.
According to The New York Times, even by receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, some people could still get infected with the pandemic virus. However, this is no reason to avoid vaccination.
No reason to worry
Three members of the Congress are among those who got ill with the coronavirus after being vaccinated: Adriano Espaillat (Democrat of New York), Stephen Lynch (Democrat of Massachusetts), and Lori Trahan (another Democrat of Massachusetts ).
People getting infected with COVID-19 even though they got vaccinated doesn’t represent a reason to believe that the vaccines aren’t working, according to the experts. There are a few simple aspects to take into account:
- Vaccines don’t work retroactively: COVID-19 tests aren’t entirely reliable, which means that when you get vaccinated, you can already be infected with the disease without knowing.
- Vaccines don’t work instantly: you shouldn’t expect the vaccine to kick in as soon as you receive the first dose. The full effectiveness of the vaccine is reached after the second dose.
- There’s a chance vaccines don’t prevent infections: vaccines stop you from getting ill with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot infect others. Scientists are still studying the effectiveness of the vaccines regarding the latter aspect.
- The vaccines themselves aren’t perfect: the drugs developed by Pfizer and Moderna reported an efficacy rate of 95% during the clinical trials, which obviously means that they’re not perfect. Vaccines developed by other companies offer even less efficacy.
Immunisation for the majority of the world’s population takes a lot of time, and it’s difficult to say for sure if it can be done since a lot of people are still refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.