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‘Best shot for someone with cancer’

I am aware of my already compromised immunity, I have all along been waiting and hoping for the arrival of a vaccine against Covid-19 – Ashis Kumar Naha
Naha gets the jab at Ranaghat subdivisional hospital, Nadia, on Saturday.

Subhasish Chaudhuri   |   Ranaghat   |   Published 17.01.21, 03:16 AM

Ranaghat subdivisional hospital head clerk Ashis Kumar Naha, 52, a patient of chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), received his first shot of Covishield on Saturday as a frontline health worker in a designated Covid hospital. He told why it was a “big relief”. Excerpts:

Frankly, Saturday came to me as a big relief when I stood in the queue to take the jab that is expected to protect us from Covid-19.

Since 2016 I have been suffering from a special type of blood cancer and as a health worker the risk of contracting the infection is big for me as my immunity is already low.

The lockdown and subsequent lack of transport were a problem for me as a road accident in 2010 had left me with 55 per cent physical disability. But as a health department worker at a designated Covid hospital, I have never shied away from my professional obligations despite my medical vulnerabilities because I am aware that there is a battle at hand.

At the same time, aware of my already compromised immunity, I have all along been waiting and hoping for the arrival of a vaccine against Covid-19.

There are colleagues who are reluctant to take the jab as they doubt the vaccine’s efficacy. For me, the jab is a big relief. I hope this is the beginning of the end of Covid.

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