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After the second dose of jab, doctors say the consequences are a relaxed mind and a lighter heart | India News


It is not because his father has spent the last 11 months treating Covid and non-Covid patients at Bombay Hospital that Dr. Gautam Bhansali’s five-year-old son Aarav calls him Superman. The unofficial title was conferred on the doctor on February 15 when he returned home, exhausted from a long day at work but radiant from receiving his second dose of vaccination.
Five days after the injection with no major side effects except a dull muscle ache that wanted to go away with a pain reliever, Superman in his PPE is coughing over the phone. But unlike before, he is not anxious. “It’s probably a virus and not the virus,” Bhansali says, adding that his wife, often to tears in the past year over her risky job, also feels strong enough to don her new invisible cloak as an inner WonderWoman.
Not invincibility or complete immunity, but a relaxed mind and a lighter heart seem to be among the most palpable after-effects of the second dose on city doctors who received their first shot in the days after the vaccine was released. January 16th. Even in Mumbai he completes two lakhs of frontline worker vaccinations, some doctors, who have experienced no side effects except fleeting localized muscle pain, have even posted photos of his second hit on social media with the same righteous fervor as the voters showing their ink. finger. While his light-hearted posts have emboldened patients, it has also made some wonder why vaccine vacillation is among a sector of healthcare workers.
“If the doctor himself hesitates to get vaccinated, how can we feel safe?” some patients ask cancer surgeon Dr. P Jagannath, who faced a similar question from resident physicians at the vaccination center after his second “no-fissure” puncture. This apprehension among front-line workers stabs at the heart of the cancer surgeon who considers the debate over which vaccine is safer to be “irrelevant.” As one of the “privileged” healthcare workers to receive the vaccine in its first phase of implementation and with a 94-year-old father at home, the fault of making the elderly, the next subset in line for the vaccine, wait gnaws at you: “We need to speed up the road before the second wave hits.”
His sense of urgency resonates with Dr. Ragini Parekh, HOD of Ophthalmology at JJ Hospital, who has seen many peers grapple with the guilt of survivors after losing their parents to the virus they brought home. After receiving her second dose last week, coming home to her elderly parents is no longer plagued by fear of being a carrier. Even though he still wears a double mask and follows work safety protocol, the fear that Parekh could be ambushed every time he gets in the eyes of strangers and they instinctively pull down their masks by reflex has lessened.
“Our faith in the vaccine helps build faith in the community,” says Dr. Sameer Sadawarte, chief of pediatric intensive care, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, and emphasizes the need to continue with “Corona-appropriate behavior” even after having been vaccinated.
“2 doses of faith. 2 doses of confidence in science. “Two steps towards our confidence in better serving our patients,” wrote OB / GYN Dr. Mukesh Gupta on Facebook, as he sat in the vaccination center after his second injection on February 20. “Now we feel safe,” patients tell Gupta, whose waiting room carries a sign announcing the vaccination status of his team. Gupta feels it is his moral duty to not only make his patients feel safe in the hospital, but also to “brainwash” them so they have no doubts about vaccines.
Bhansali, who knows the technical problems with certain vaccination applications, and without hesitation, has delayed the second injection for some of his colleagues, advocates the “surgical attack of mass vaccination” to achieve herd immunity as a result of the increase in cases in Maharashtra.

Times of India