The need to be doubly careful has been stressed upon by health authorities, in view of the looming second wave. “ Even those who are going to play Holi should be very careful and observe social distancing, hand hygiene and wear masks at all times. It is best to avoid playing Holi,” said Dr G Srinivasa Rao, director of public health, Telangana.
The Covid situation in the state is currently under control and the state machinery is prepared to handle a surge if there is one, said health authorities, speaking to reporters on Saturday. The state health department had meanwhile approached the Centre earlier last week asking for vaccines for high exposure groups. Apart from teachers and restaurant workers who had approached the health authorities seeking vaccination, people working in commercial establishment, street vendors and kirana shops will fall in the category.
Citing the example of an 80-year-old man who had been recently vaccinated but still contracted the virus, the official further said although getting the vaccine isn’t a complete protection against the virus, it does reduce that severity of the infection to a large extent. “It is better to get vaccinated, as the vaccine will protect against the virus to a large extent by bringing down the severity. We need people’s participation to fight against the virus. The hesitancy against vaccination is slowly coming down and we urge everyone in the beneficiary categories currently being covered to utilize the opportunity and get themselves vaccinated. The vaccines are absolutely safe,” added Dr Rao.