It’s 2021 and the coronavirus is still hitting different countries. In fact, new variants keep popping up and there are still a lot of people who aren’t yet vaccinated. However, not everyone receives the vaccine with a cry of relief. Many are still afraid and think negatively about the discovery that could save millions of human lives. 

 

What Is a Vaccine and Why Is It Necessary?

To not be afraid of vaccines, we need to know the ins and outs in detail. According to WHO, a vaccine is a weakened antigen or a protein taken from the virus you want to fight off. Your immune system will detect the foreign object as a threat that must be destroyed. So, when the actual virus infects you, your immune system will be more responsive, reducing the risk of getting the disease. 

 

Based on a statement from BPOM Indonesia (Food and Drug Supervisory Agency), the efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine in protecting oneself from coronavirus is 65.3%. Vaccines are very helpful, especially for the elderly with a history of illness. The vaccine helps them avoid complications if they get COVID-19 and plays a huge role in slowing the transmission rate of the virus. If we were to be protected by the vaccine, many lives would be saved, and perhaps the country could return to normal. 

 

Against False Theories and Hoaxes

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, some people think vaccines are bad and they are overly paranoid. They are commonly referred to as “Anti-Vaxxers”. These people believe that COVID-19 doesn’t really exist. It is just a way for the government to manipulate our actions and thoughts through the media. Some also believed that the human anatomy is strong enough to fight the virus. One piece of reasoning that is very out there, is that some believe vaccines contained a chip that would be used to control mankind. Amid adversity, hatred for people in power is getting worse. It is this hatred that can trigger negative assumptions, which then emerge to conspiracy theories. According to Karen Douglas, professor of social psychology at the University of Kent, people believe in conspiracy theories because they need an epistemic motive: the thirst for certainty and information. This is inevitable. But if you think wisely, you can dissect what is right and wrong. Vaccines have been checked by the regulatory agency of each country. They have a clear purpose: to protect the public and slowly stop the rate of infection. 

 

Do a Great Favor for Society and The World

Then again, fear not of vaccines. Statistically and realistically, vaccines truly help us all. Based on the data and information provided by the WHO,  the available data suggests people who receive the vaccination will develop a stronger immune system. It provides protection against the virus, as it develops an immune response to the SARS-Cov-2-Virus. Through this, you’re less likely to be infected and by not being infected, you won’t spread the disease to those around you, especially those who are elderly, healthcare providers, or people with special medical conditions. As a whole, one injection into your body would make a contribution not only to yourself, but also to those around you. So, what are you waiting for? Register yourself to get COVID-19 vaccination at your nearest facility center!

 
Written by Jason. A. Herwindra

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References: 
[1] “How do Vaccines Work?”
https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/how-do-vaccines-work 
[2] “Penerbitan Persetujuan Penggunaan Dalam Kondisi Darurat Atau Emergency Use Authorization EUA Pertama Untuk Vaksin COVID-19”
https://www.pom.go.id/new/view/more/pers/584/Penerbitan-Persetujuan-Penggunaan-Dalam-Kondisi-Darurat-Atau-Emergency-Use-Authorization–EUA–Pertama-Untuk-Vaksin-COVID-19.html
[3] “Speaking of Psychology: Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?”
https://www.apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology/conspiracy-theories
[4] “Vaccines: What does “anti-vax” mean?”
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/54910459