They got vaccinated. They are talking about this
Despite some side effects such as heaviness in the arm, tingling at the level of the injection place, like any vaccine, Malagasy living abroad did not hesitate to have their dose. They went out proudly while being protected.
Ando Navalona Rasolomalala vaccinated in Mauritius
Ando, holding his son in his arms, proudly shows his vaccine card; he got his C0VID-19 vaccine.
Ando Navalona Rasolomalala, married and father of two, is already vaccinated against COVID-19. He received his first dose on 05 April at Hue Lien Center Ebène – Mauritius, the neighbouring island of Madagascar. This sports fan and coach employed by the Mauritius tennis federation since 2020 is very proud of his vaccination certificate. The second dose will be administered on 30 April.
Being an expatriate worker, he had to get vaccinated. In Mauritius, workers are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated in order to have collective immunity afterwards. Despite the heaviness he felt in his arm during two days, Ando didn’t complain.
For Ando, the reason goes beyond immunity – it is for his protection first; he meets children every day at work and it is also meant to protect his family at home. "I would just like to tell the Malagasy people to get vaccinated without delay because this is the last resort for restoring life to normal and for us to live stress-free," concludes Ando.
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Eleonore Rabesahala, vaccinated in the United States
Stranded in the United States since September 2020, Eleonore Rabesahala, a retired doctor, lives with her two children. She was among the first to sign up when the announcement about the vaccine was open to seniors like her.
According to her, vaccine is the only means that can protect her against COVID-19. She had her first dose on 25 March and the second one on 15 April. She did not experience any side effects. She is proud to carry her vaccination certificate since it is her passport to the world proving that she is vaccinated. Eleonore loves to travel. "I am more calm because I know that I am better protected now even against the mutant virus, I will be able to avoid the serious forms", she explains. "I encourage the Malagasy people to get vaccinated when available. This is the best worldwide prevention against this scourge."
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Rija Andriamihantanirina received his two doses in New Dehli, India
Living in a country that recorded 100,000 to 200,000 COVID-19 new cases and more than 1,000 deaths per day, Rija Andriamihantanirina lives in anxiety every day with the fear of catching the virus and especially of falling ill with a severe form. Expatriate in India since 2018, he is the Immunization Programme Manager at UNICEF India.
"I looked forward to my turn among the target group. It's a matter of life and death and I never hesitated to get vaccinated," says this vaccination expert and also a father. He received his two doses successively on 12 March and 15 April. "I tell you that I feel reassured more than ever. I know that even if I will be infected, at least I am sure that it remains a simple case that will not require hospitalization," explains Rija who remembers an infected family, whose members who were vaccinated gets through this without complication, while others who were not vaccinated are hospitalized and some have even died.
Vaccination is an integral part of the fight against COVID-19. It is complementary. But, then again, it is recommended to continue the barrier gestures that everyone can do. This is the only way that will get us out of this pandemic when the majority of the world is vaccinated.
Rija believes the best fight against COVID-19 is to protect yourself and others. He also stresses that getting vaccinated as soon as vaccines are available and you are eligible thereto is something you will not regret.
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Sister Claire Agnes talks about her vaccination in Italy
Sister Claire Agnes had her second dose of the vaccine on 22 April in Verona where she has lived for twenty years. She is happy that she did because, according to her, getting the vaccine is a civil responsibility as a citizen: it is a responsibility for herself and others. Like her, many Italians joyfully greeted the arrival of vaccines. But a very small percentage refused it. She maintains that the vaccine is a weapon to fight the virus and thus an open path for a fairly normal life or to recover relationships with family, friends and to kick-start the economy, knowing that the future will not be the same. However, "I strongly recommend the strict observance of precautions: wearing a mask, washing your hands often, physical distancing, frequent disinfection of places of gatherings and then eating foods with vitamins which help to produce antibodies,” she concludes ...
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