Young people who took the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in the 18-44 age group said there was a need to dispel myths and fears created through social media regarding vaccination. Although the vaccination campaign for those aged 18 and over is proceeding slowly with limited doses in a few centers in and around Mumbai, young people said the process was effective, safe and quick.
Aashnee Gajaria, a 28-year-old resident of South Mumbai, said the vaccination process was transparent and completed in 40 minutes. Gajaria said, “I signed up for the CoWIN portal on Sunday morning at 7 a.m. and got a slot available at 3 p.m. at Nair Hospital, Mumbai Central. At first I was a little hesitant to go to a government vaccination center assuming it might Covid, but when I went, staff at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had made all the arrangements. “
“There were no people, everyone was wearing a mask, there were adequate seats and household appliances were installed in different places. I was asked to show my Aadhaar card, proof of appointment and asked if I had any basic symptoms. Within two minutes I was referred and given the Covishield vaccine. After the vaccine, I was told to sit down and wait 30 minutes. Then I got home, the whole process barely took 40 minutes, ”Gajaria explained.
While, Yash Muthiyan, a 27-year-old man who took the first shot at UPHC 1 Gaondevi, the Panvel vaccination center said: “At first I was unable to make an appointment online on Saturday. because there were no slots available. But then, I had a slot available for 3pm on Sunday, so I booked it. When I went to the center, there were no people. The staff were efficient and cordial in explaining post-vaccine care. Plus, they didn’t allow anyone without an Internet to go. “
Gajaria said it was necessary to talk about personal experiences to allay fears spread through social media. Gajaria said: “I witnessed some symptoms like fever, headache and chills after taking the dose. But, I was completely fine later.” While, Muthiyan said, “I had no fever and no symptoms.”
According to BMC immunization data, 2,394 registered beneficiaries aged 18 to 44 were vaccinated at five centers on Monday. To date, 5,813 beneficiaries have been vaccinated in the past three days.