Indian government has directed that everyone who is 18years old and above is eligible to get the vaccine against Covid-19. But still there are a lot of questions that keeps us away from getting vaccinated; one of the most important questions is whether covid-19 vaccines contain a live virus?
There are three ways to design a vaccine. The differenceis whether they use a whole virus or bacterium / just the parts of the germ that triggers the immune system /just the genetic material that provides the instructions for making specific proteins and not the whole virus.
Dr. Radhika Banka confirms that none of the covid-19 vaccines contain live component of the virus, These vaccines either have different parts of the virus or the entire virus in an inactivated(killed) form so there is no chance of getting covid infection because of vaccines.
The vaccines contain a single gene from the virus that causes COVID-19. The gene instructs our cells to make the protein, but no other proteins from the virus are made, so the whole virus particles are never present. In this manner, people who were vaccinated cannot shed, or spread, the virus to other people.
Secondly most of us wants to know, whether we will be affected after getting vaccinated?
Here comes the answer, Reinfection is when a person is infected with a disease, recovers over time, but develops the same illness again. AIIMS Delhi has conducted a study on 63 people who got reinfections after vaccination, both full and partial. While no death has been reported among them, the study has found out that the Delta variant is predominant in the reinfection cases. The Covidvariant now named Delta, which was first detected in India, has been reported in 62 countries. Vaccination is not a guarantee against the Covid-19 infection and it will only ensure that the infection does not become severe, so continue to wear mask and follow appropriate social distancing guidelines as directed by the government and doctors.