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It’s not as a result of his father has spent the final 11 months tending to Covid and non-Covid sufferers 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 dwelling, exhausted from a protracted day’s work but radiant from receiving his second dose of vaccination.
Five days into the jab that gave him no main side-effects besides a uninteresting muscle ache that he wished away with a pain-killer, the PPE kit-sporting Superman is coughing over the telephone. But in contrast to earlier, he’s not anxious. “It’s probably a viral and not the virus,” says Bhansali, including his wife–often decreased to tears final 12 months by his dangerous job –too feels robust sufficient to don her new invisible cape because the in-house WonderWoman.
Not invincibility or full immunity however a relaxed thoughts and lighter coronary heart appear to be among the many most palpable after-effects of the second dose on medicos within the metropolis who obtained their first jab within the days following the vaccination rollout on January 16. Even as Mumbai completes two lakh vaccinations of frontline staff, some doctors–who have skilled no side-effects apart from a fleeting localised muscle pain–have even posted photos of their second jab on social media with the identical righteous fervency as voters displaying off their inked finger. While their cheerful posts have emboldened sufferers, it has additionally made a couple of marvel concerning the motive for vaccine hesitancy amongst a bit of healthcare staff.
“If the doctor himself is hesitant to take the vaccine, how can we feel confident?” some sufferers ask most cancers surgeon Dr P Jagannath, who confronted the same query from resident doctors on the vaccination centre after his “seamless” second jab. This apprehension amongst frontline staff stabs on the coronary heart of the most cancers surgeon who finds the talk over which vaccine is safer “irrelevant”. As one of many “privileged” healthcare staff to obtain the vaccine in its first part of rollout and with a 94-year-old father at dwelling, the guilt of creating senior citizens–the subsequent subset in line for the vaccine –wait gnaws at him: “We need to ramp up the drive before the second wave sets in.”
His sense of urgency resonates with Dr Ragini Parekh, HOD of ophthalmology at JJ Hospital, who has seen many friends grapple with survivors’ guilt after shedding their mother and father to the virus they introduced dwelling. After receiving her second dose final week, going dwelling to her ageing mother and father is now not fraught with the concern of being a service. Though she nonetheless wears a double masks and follows security protocol at work, the concern that may ambush Parekh each time she leaned near strangers’ eyeballs and they’d instinctively pull down their masks in reflex has diminished.
“Our faith in the vaccine helps build faith in the community,” says Dr Sameer Sadawarte, head, paediatric intensive care, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, stressing the necessity to proceed with “Corona-appropriate behaviour” even after being vaccinated.
“2 doses of faith. 2 doses of trust in science. 2 steps towards our confidence in serving our patients better” obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Mukesh Gupta wrote on Facebook, whereas sitting on the vaccination centre after his second jab on February 20. “We now feel safe,” sufferers inform Gupta, whose ready room bears a poster saying his workforce’s inoculated standing. Gupta feels it’s his ethical responsibility not solely to make his sufferers really feel safe on the hospital but additionally to “brainwash” them out of vaccine hesitancy.
Bhansali–who is aware of technical points with sure vaccination apps, and never hesitancy, have delayed the second shot for a few of his peers–advocates “surgical strike of mass vaccination” to attain herd immunity within the wake of rising circumstances in Maharashtra.

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