Vaccination drastically reduces the chances of death
Bangladesh’s vaccination rollout has not been without its share of problems, but overall, our management of this daunting task has been commendable. We have secured a healthy supply from various sources, and the health care professionals on the ground have done a terrific job in delivering the jabs, given the logistical constraints that exist in this country.
Nevertheless, scepticism and misinformation have held us back to a large degree, with many still unwilling to take the vaccine due to largely unfounded fears. Even among educated groups of the population, there are many who refuse to believe in what the science says, preferring to indulge in conspiracy theories regarding vaccination. Others lack a clear idea of what a vaccine is in the first place. These beliefs have held us back from progress on ending this pandemic.
It is good to see, however, that studies from the CDC in the US have shown yet again that vaccines are indeed the best way to stay protected: In a study tracking over 600,000 Covid-19 cases across 13 US states from April to mid-July, it was found that unvaccinated people were 4.5 times more likely to get infected, and over 11 times more likely to die. The science is clear: Vaccination drastically reduces the chances of death.
Even with the Delta variant wreaking havoc, and newer variants possibly emerging, it will be through a sustained vaccination campaign, continued vaccination research, and better prevention that we will beat this pandemic. It is important that we understand that vaccination does not work miracles, but it significantly increases one’s chances at keeping safe.