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Post-Vaccination Worry: A Gap Worth Bridging

Lovely Zogta, #COVIDActionCollab

January 19, 2022

*Jyantika, a transperson working as a sex worker, shares some of the fears related to vaccination. They had witnessed their neighbours complain of body pain and fever after taking the Covid-19 vaccine. This has left them a little worried. “Who will take care of me if I fall sick”, asks Jyantika in a concerned voice.

Post-vaccination care has been Jyantika’s foremost concern. They live alone, and have to manage the entire household by themself. They survive on daily income and can’t afford to miss work. The thought of having to manage the post-vaccination side effects alone, with no livelihood to support them or provision of ration or access to medical care has caused them great anxiety.  They will have to depend on their community to recover from post-vaccination impact . Being able to return to work at the earliest is priority.

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CAC along with its partners on the ground identify the community members in need of medical and financial support and ensure their easy access to doctors and medicines. The relief and recovery efforts under CAC’s VaxNow also provide  ration kits to the community members so that they don’t have to worry about daily  supplies and focus on rest before returning to work. 

Jyantika will feel more confident of being vaccinated, when they get counseling, and assurance on vaccination safety for them and a continued access to doctors post-vaccination till there is no more risk or side effects.  They speak for the community when they say, “ if anybody comes to our home along with the doctors and counselors , we are ready to take the vaccine”.

Jayantika is counselled by the VaxNow vaccination coordinators. They have been assured of post vaccination care and supply of provisions. With the promise of assistance at their doorstep, they are confident of taking the vaccine and managing side effects.

*Name changed upon request

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