The second phase of the vaccine drive against COVID-19 has already begun in India earlier this month. This phase is set to cover more than 10 crore people across the nation who are above the age of 60 years. The second phase also includes vaccinating people aged more than 45 years who are living with comorbidities against the novel coronavirus. With almost no reports of adverse side effects from the COVID-19 vaccines that had been registered in the first phase, the second phase has been welcomed with more positivity.
Why you should still Mask up
Many of the people who have received the vaccine have come to think that immunity against the virus means they no longer need to wear a mask in public places and gatherings. However, this is a misconception as the COVID-19 vaccines do not guarantee that a person cannot be a carrier of the virus. This has led to a sudden rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in India and health officials are anticipating a second wave of the virus.
A Second Wave despite the Vaccination Drive
Since February 2021, the cases of COVID-19 have been steadily rising in states like Punjab, Maharashtra, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, and Kerala. The curve began to pick up even in regions where a vaccination drive had already taken place. To flatten the suddenly rising curve, administrations of cities like Nagpur, Pune, Nasik, as well as governments of states like Punjab and Uttarakhand have imposed lockdowns and night curfews once again.
- Nagpur – The city of Nagpur has been put under a lockdown from 15th March to 21st March during which essential services will remain functional and government offices will be operating at only 25% capacity.
- Pune – Even the city of Pune has declared a night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am wherein all restaurants, malls, pubs, parks etc. will remain closed till 31st March, along with schools.
- Nasik – A night curfew from 7 pm to 7 am has been imposed in Nasik as well. Marriages and other gatherings cannot accommodate more than 25 to 30 people and hotels will be operational with only 50% capacity while schools are to remain shut.
- Punjab – Similar night curfews have also been imposed in the Patiala, Ludhiana, Mohali, and Fatehgarh Sahib regions of Punjab.
- Uttarakhand – Complete lockdown has been enforced in some selected containment zones of Uttarakhand wherein only one person from each household can venture out for essential supplies.
The government is continuously urging the people to sign up for the vaccination drives in an attempt to flatten the curve. However, after receiving the vaccine it is still necessary to observe COVID-19 protocols because vaccinated people could still have a chance of being carriers of the virus. Until all the people of the country have received the vaccine, it is wise to still mask up and regularly wash hands for the safety of those around you.
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