Our family friend and travel partner, Jijo Sptephen, he is a nurse with a Long-Term-Care-Center, catering for senior citizens. It was chivalrous of Jijo that during the pandemic he did not miss a day’s work and has been a great motivator for the staff at the Care-Center. With his wit and humour, he has a knack of keeping every one in high spirits. We have experienced it many times during various trips together.
As he is in the front-line taking care of seniors, he was amongst the first few to receive the COVID19 vaccine in Canada. He called me up after vaccination and said that he is safe now and there are no side-effects as being propagated in the social media.
The literature handed over to him said ‘Some people may experience side effects from the vaccine, but they will likely be mild to moderate and resolve after a few days. Some of the symptoms are part of the body’s response to developing immunity.
Serious side effects after receiving the vaccine are rare. Should you develop any serious symptoms or symptoms that could be an allergic reaction, seek medical attention right away. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- Hives (bumps on the skin that are often very itchy.)
- Swelling of the face, tongue or throat.
- Difficulty breathing.
After his vaccination, he picked up his wife Annie from work. On reaching home, Jijo called me over the phone and said ”Reji, Please don’t get vaccinated for COVID!”
A bit surprised and assuming that he had had some sever side effects, I asked “Hope everything is fine?‘
“I,m fine, but you don’t get vaccinated before Marina,” he advised.
“Why so?” I enquired.
While they were driving home after Jijo picked up Annie, she asked Jijo to stop at the grocers to buy vegetables. After he parked the car, she handed him the shopping list and said “You go and buy everything as per this list. I’m staying in the car. You are protected against COVID19 as you are vaccinated!!!!”