There’s no denying that the current pandemic situation is worsening by the minute. From the fluctuating number of cases to the alarming death toll in daily reports, it’s safe to say that we’re facing yet again another crisis. Although things seem to be bleak at the moment, we’re given a new light of hope with the recent boom for vaccination. Remember the registration process from that website a week ago? If you’ve managed to survive the ordeal and secured yourself an appointment, congrats! Now that you’re about to receive your first shot, here’s some things you need to know about the vaccine.
First and foremost, we need to address the elephant in the room. There is a common misconception that the vaccine makes you completely immune towards Covid but this is not entirely true. The most unfortunate thing about Covid is its ability to evolve into new strains of virus depending on its environment. This makes Covid extremely dangerous and highly unpredictable when exposed to different parts of the world. Still, it’s not the end of the world as the vaccine does provide some form of protection against previous Covid strands so you’re better off getting vaccinated as it dramatically reduces the severity of the Covid symptoms and gives you a fighting chance of survival should you ever get infected with Covid.
"The Coronavirus adapts to its conditions"
Now that you understand the limits and capabilities of the vaccine better, let’s discuss about how you can prepare yourself for the first shot. Unsurprisingly, resting well a few days prior to getting vaccinated ensures you’ll stay fresh and alert throughout the process. Have a good breakfast before entering the vaccination hall; you do not want to disturb others with the hungry rumble of your stomach. Bring your water bottle along with you to stay hydrated, it’ll take a while before you receive your vaccine.
As a precaution and this is a good measure, bring your own pen along with you to fill up forms at the vaccination venue. The reasoning behind this is because if you used a pen that is provided, you are coming into contact with many people who have used the pen before and this puts you at a higher risk of contracting Covid from a previous user of the pen. Also, make sure your phone is fully charged and if needed, bring a power bank along with you. After all, you’d want to snap up as much photos as you can at the center for your personal memories right? (Look out for the Instagrammable photo booth before leaving the hall)
Be sure to wear "vaccine-friendly" clothing to make it easier for the medics to administer your vaccination dose. After receiving your vaccine, prepare to face some side effects as it's well known that people have experienced dizziness, headaches and even fever so keep some Panadol handy with you. However, you should only take painkillers after you have experienced the symptoms of side effects and do not take painkillers before vaccination to prevent side effects as that can be detrimental to your health. Lastly, stay clear of alcoholic drinks after the vaccination to prevent any unwanted reactions.
And that’s how you prepare yourself for vaccination! Truthfully, it’s not so bad and it’ll all be over in a flash. As a reminder, cooperate with the officials at the center, be nice to the people who guide you to your seat and most importantly do not leave personal belongings behind. Remember not to wander outside freely after taking the vaccine as it takes time to be effective and you’ll still have a chance of catching the virus. We at Wanderhand would like to thank everyone for their contribution towards the fight against Covid-19 in Malaysia by getting vaccinated and we wish you a smooth vaccination experience.