In an effort to curb the Covid-19 pandemic several private and even government backed research institutes have been on the run trying to produce vaccines. These has resulted in a variety of vaccines like Pfizer/BioNTech, Astrazeneca-SK Bio, Serum Institute of India, Janssen and Moderna with some of them even commercialized and are available in the market. Even though they have so far not been successfully 100% effective but they have really been effective and helpful at the same time. Like other vaccines, the Covid-19 vaccines have their benefits as well as shortcomings.
There numerous benefits that have come along with using the vaccines. These who have used the vaccines have reduced chances of infections this is because after taking the first shot their bodies begin to produces antibodies to coronavirus. Particularly, these antibodies will help the immune system to fight the virus in case it reoccurs again. Also several new studies have found that the expectant mothers who were vaccinated created antibodies to the virus and passed them to their unborn babies via the placenta. Some of the vaccines have greatly been helpful in treating severe cases of Covid-19 infections. In effort to get back to the normal, the vaccines have given us that assurance that soon or later we can resume our normal life and this has help also in ditching masks. This has helped us to even reconnect with families and friends.
Despite it awesome benefits, the Covid-19 vaccines have been faced with a lot of challenges. Some of the challenges experienced after using the vaccines are; fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, diarrhea and pain at the injection site. The likelihood of any of these adverse effects after immunization varies depending on the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines can have more significant or long-lasting adverse effects, although these are exceedingly rare. These vaccines are constantly evaluated for uncommon adverse reactions.
COVID-19 has serious social and economic consequences that affect every part of the nation. However, there is plenty that can be done to mitigate the impact and position ourselves for the long run. Schools have a critical role. It is critical to realize that the overwhelming majority of governments have a constitutional duty to provide universal access to education. As a result, all states developed rules and procedures to guarantee that they are implemented and adhered to.
States across the countries have been advocating the need to have physical social distancing in schools by working together with the Ministry of Health and/or local health bodies to implement the established protocols. This includes maintaining at least 1 metre between everyone present at school. Increasing desk spacing (at least 1 metre between desks), stagger recesses/breaks and lunch breaks (if difficult, one alternative is to have lunch at desks). Limiting mixing of classes for school and after school activities, adding more teachers if possible and implementing the use of signs, ground markings, tape, barriers.
Advocating for health and hand hygiene, and in particular ensuring that students understand the precautions they should take to protect themselves and others from COVID, placed teachers in the forefront of ensuring that students understand the precautions they should take to protect themselves and others. States have pushed for more hand-washing sinks, hand sanitizers, and soaps. This is because they believe handwashing is the simplest, most cost-effective, and most successful method of preventing pathogen transmission and keeping kids and staff healthy.
States have ramped up efforts to ensure there are enough masks and that every individual is masking responsibly. They have also implanted guidelines on how they should be disposed to avoid the risk of contaminated masks in the classrooms and playgrounds. Cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, taps, phones and toys. They have also ensured that there are clear guidelines on what should be done in cases where there are incidents of reported cases around the schools to avoid panicking and further spreading.
According to UNESCO, approximately 1.5 billion children in 165 countries have been forced to miss school as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, compelling the worldwide academic community to investigate novel modes of teaching and learning, including distance and online education. This has been tough for both kids and instructors, who must cope with the illness’s emotional, physical, and economic consequences while also contributing to the virus’s containment. The introduction of Covid-19 vaccinations has rekindled optimism for the restart of learning. As a consequence, organizations such as the WHO have launched an ambitious global plan aimed at creating a society where everyone, everywhere, and at every age benefits fully from vaccinations for good health and well-being.
The onset of immunization programs has greatly given an assurance of a safer and a healthier world. Immunized students will have better chances of not contracting the virus if at all the vaccines rolled-out are 100% effective or if they tend to boost their immune systems. Immunization will help in preventing and responding to future infections. A good number of states have given the green-light for learning to resume to normal though strict measures are still in place to curb the spreading and emerging of new variants. Also the vaccines have enabled international students’ mobility since once vaccinated they can attend school in other regions far from home.
Despite this, the vaccinations have come under fire, with numerous lawsuits filed in response to growing public mistrust of COVID-19 immunizations. As is the case in the United States, the vaccine is not presently authorized for use in children under the age of 16. This also has an effect, since some governments are hesitant to pioneer vaccination programs for kids and students out of concern of unintended consequences.
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