KATHMANDU, August 12: Doctors have urged people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to take all precautionary measures as they may also get COVID infection. They suggested that even after vaccination, one needs to stay safe and follow public health standards to keep others safe. Doctors involved in the treatment of COVID-19 have pointed out that the infection has increased due to the violation of public health standards by the people who have been vaccinated in Nepal.
According to Director of Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH), Dr Anup Bastola, two to three people who have already been vaccinated come to the hospital daily. Two or three patients with complex problems even after taking both doses of the vaccine were reported, said Dr Sher Bahadur Pun, chief of the Clinical Research Unit at STIDH. According to doctors, those who have been vaccinated and developed antibodies have been re-infected and have come for treatment.
According to the hospital, many people who have come for treatment became infected immediately after the first dose of vaccination. Doctors claim that even if both the doses are administered the vaccine may not produce antibodies in the body of some people. In such cases, COVID-19 infection can lead to complex problems.
But doctors have pointed out that the number is declining. The COVID-19 infections can cause complex problems among vaccinated people as antibodies are depleted after a long time after both doses have been given.
Vaccinated people can be infected with the virus. Those who become infected after the antibody is developed do not usually have a complex problem. But since such people can spread the infection to other family members and the community, doctors suggest that people who have been vaccinated can protect themselves, their families and the community from infection by following public health standards.
As not all people are still vaccinated in Nepal, vaccinated people must follow public health standards such as using mandatory masks, maintaining physical distance and cleaning their hands with soap and water regularly.
Dr Jhalak Sharma Gautam, Chief of the Child Health and Immunization Section of the Department of Health Services suggested staying safe by following the public health standards even if one is vaccinated against COVID-19 as no vaccine can ensure 100 percent work in the body. "The vaccines we use now may not work in everyone's body. The vaccine may not work when the virus changes its form. In case of a new virus, the best solution is to stay safe as there is no guarantee that vaccines work.” Gautam further added.