The coronavirus has been looming over us like a deadly and invisible threat for over a year. It has been the source of fear and anxiety for many. Now, for the lucky few senior citizens who received their dose at Wentworth Hospital, their anxiety has been tempered, their fears have decreased, and hope was injected into their arms along with the vaccine.
Wentworth Hospital is a model of efficiency and good customer service. Patients are whisked from check-in to a station to get their shots, then escorted over to the recovery area to sit for 15 minutes – sometimes more, depending on possible allergic reactions. They commiserate with others (at a proper social distance, of course) while they sit and wait, then they are free to leave.
People are first screened for Covid-19 at the vaccination sites and those with symptoms are not vaccinated but referred for testing.
When a person gets vaccinated against a disease, their risk of infection is also reduced – so they are far less likely to spread the disease to others. As more people in a community get vaccinated, fewer people remain vulnerable, and there is less possibility for passing the virus on from person to person. Lowering the possibility for the virus to circulate in the community protects those who cannot be vaccinated due to other serious health conditions from the disease targeted by the vaccine. This is called “herd immunity.”
For example, if 80% of a population is immune to a virus, four out of every five people who encounter someone with the disease won’t get sick (and won’t spread the disease any further). In this way, the spread of infectious diseases is kept under control.
The success of the vaccine distribution stands as a possible morale boost for the country as many people wondered last year whether the government was capable of accomplishing this ambitious project
By: Lorraine Richards