Dreams, projects, wishes, meetings, parties, trips, jobs. Everything we planned to do throughout 2020 had to be stopped and postponed because of the new coronavirus pandemic. That hug had to stay for later and, after almost a year, it still hasn’t arrived.
What has arrived is the hope of a vaccine and, with it, all the wishes that are left behind. Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency) unanimously approved this Sunday (17th), the authorization for the emergency use of the Coronavac and Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccines. The five directors gave a favorable opinion on the release of the immunizers, following the rapporteur Meiruze Sousa Freitas, who was the first to vote.
Brazilians have many dreams for the post-immunization period. São Paulo pharmacist Kátia Bassani, 29, wants to have her wedding party – which is already paid for – and the long-awaited honeymoon trip to South Africa. She and her husband, doctor Arthur Geise, 29, do not look forward to being able to enjoy it safely.
“It all made us look at this moment with different eyes. The expectation of renewing the vows in the presence of friends and family is the great motivation to make everything happen ”, says she, who also cannot wait to finally grab her parents.
“When we decided to postpone the honeymoon and the wedding party, we thought several times if the best way would not be to cancel everything. But we maintained the civil marriage, we realized, over time, that the most important thing had already happened, that we were together building our life as a couple ”, says Bassani.
Bank employee Vitória Cheretti Rodrigues, 28, from São Paulo, already had everything planned to spend eight months in Ireland, in an exchange to improve her knowledge in English. But she did not give up and intends to resume plans as soon as she is vaccinated.
“The way I found to deal with this frustration was to do therapy. I freaked out, obviously, I gained a lot too. But it was the analysis that helped me realize that it was not the time, that everything has the right time and that it will happen ”, Says Rodrigues.” I already told you [os pais] that the vaccine is coming and that I will [viajar]. They support me, but I realize that they will miss me. “
A trip is also on the horizon of São Paulo entrepreneur Aline Oneda, 31. She and her husband, commercial representative Luiz Henrique de Souza, 33, bought tickets to Portugal in 2019, to travel in June 2020 with another couple, but they had to postpone boarding. “We never went to Europe and I had all the scripts. Everything is paid for, but we are waiting for the vaccine.”
As they are not part of the risk group, which will be vaccinated first, Oneda knows that the trip may take a little longer. But she says keep your feet on the ground and positive thinking. “It will be even more special. We are thirsty to meet other people. I am shy, but now I want to make friends, kick my legs, get in places and spend a year on airplanes.”
In addition to this dream, she also wants to build her own house to live with her husband. “The construction market has raised prices a lot. We even moved to a house in a pandemic in a condominium, but the desire is to build ours. And with a vaccine I hope that this sector will also return to normal.”
People who dream of having children also suspended the idea in the face of the advance of the pandemic. This is the case of São Paulo professor Luciana Abe Nakazato, 34, and her husband, biologist Ricardo Nakazato, 35, who decided to wait for immunization. “I want to take two doses of the vaccine before becoming pregnant. We don’t want to rely on herd immunity to protect me, I want to take it and be at peace,” says Luciana.
The professor says that the pandemic brought her more anxiety and fear, but says that, with the hope of better days in 2021, she returned to have the will to run after her biggest goal. “I didn’t want to have a child in a world like this, out of fear and uncertainty. We keep the anxiety and we will wait for a more peaceful moment. ”
BRAZILIAN IN THE USA WANT TO GO BACK
If there’s one thing that writer Mary Guedelha, 56, is dying to do after getting the vaccine, it’s going back to her country. Born in Belém do Pará, she has dual citizenship and has lived in the United States for 25 years, but has a son and three grandchildren living in Brazil. His greatest desire is to give his family a hug.
“I was supposed to have my autograph day [de livros lançados recentemente] in Brazil in June 2020, but the pandemic wouldn’t let it. “In the United States, says Guedelha, it should be vaccinated in mid-February or early March. Faith remains on the rise.” In a post-immunization scenario, my return to Brazil would be even more special. I am very charismatic and affectionate, I like the kiss ”, says the writer.
Public relations Natália Ceripieri, 34, from São Paulo, is in a similar situation. Living in the United States for a year and three months, she says she realized, with the pandemic, that the so-called American dream may not be so funny if she is close to those she loves. She has been away from her sister for two years, who lives in Spain, and has not seen her parents in Brazil for over a year.
“When we talk about valuing what matters, the big question is what it means to be happy for each one. Is it better to be in a country with quality of life or to watch your parents grow older? I thought a lot and I do not discard the possibility of returning , to drop everything in the United States to be close to my family “, says Ceripieri.
Married to an American, she says she would see her parents and sister in April 2020, but suddenly everything got worse, tickets were canceled and there was a barrier for Brazilians to enter the United States. “The week I was going to do biometrics for my green card, there was the lockdown. I am literally stuck. If I leave the country I lose this process, and my parents cannot enter.”
“It is very crazy, because we miss some strange things, like the smell of our mother. This pandemic has come for us to reevaluate what really matters. I have always been so ambitious and now I just want a hug,” says public relations.
‘VACCINE IS NOT IMMUNITY PASSPORT’
Specialist in microbiology at ICB-USP (Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the University of São Paulo), Luiz Gustavo de Almeida says that the fact that we are vaccinated will not allow us to abandon the immediate safety protocols, such as the use of masks and alcohol gel and maintain social distance. You need to be calm and calm, says Almeida, to wait the correct time until the transmission of the coronavirus is low.
“It is not because there is a vaccine that we have an immunity passport. We do not know how the virus will be transmitted, even with the vaccine taken. It will take two or three years of study to see how the virus behaves in an immunized population. If it will become endemic, the same [ao vírus da] flu every year, for example. “
For Almeida, it is unlikely that Brazil will be able to immunize its population with two doses of the vaccine before the deadline of one year. “We will have people being vaccinated by the end of 2021. Of course, if we have doses and supplies available. In the best scenario, with a vaccine like Pfizer, we would need to vaccinate 52% of the population. With CoronaVac, 64%.”
TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS
After the vaccine, do you stop using the mask? It takes a while to achieve general immunity. There are two doses that take more than a month to be effective. You have to keep the protocols.
How long for the virus to go away? It’s too early to know. It will probably decrease the rate of transmission. Even so, after two years of everyone being vaccinated, you have to see if there will be no mutation and variants.
I had a vaccine, am I completely safe? It may be that a vaccinated person catches the virus, but it will be in smaller proportions. The more people vaccinated, the lower the rate of sick people.
After the vaccine, can we agglomerate? It is not because there is a vaccine that we may have an immunity passport. It will take two or three years of studies to see how the virus behaves in an immunized population.
When can we hug? One month after the second dose, we will be able to visit relatives with more tranquility.
Can you go back to work at the company? Question for companies to analyze and continue to follow the protocols.
If I have Covid on the vaccination date, can I take it? Whoever is hospitalized, still debilitated, will not receive the vaccine, because the immune system is already busy.
How soon will all of Brazil be vaccinated? We will not be able to vaccinate the entire population in one year. It would probably take around 300 days or more for that. Of course, if you have supplies and doses for everyone.
Do we need to be careful with those who do not get vaccinated? In the Pfizer vaccine, in the best scenario, we would need to vaccinate 52% of the population. With CoronaVac, at least 64%.
And the reactions to the vaccine? Adverse reactions are headaches and fever, but it is a sign that the immune system is working. A stronger reaction may happen, but if it does we will monitor it to alert.
Can pregnant women take it? We will have some study groups that will see this soon, but at first, no. But in this case, we raise the importance of vaccinating as many people as possible, as we have to decrease the rate of transmission.
Source: Luiz Gustavo de Almeida: PhD in Microbiology by ICB-USP (Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of São Paulo); director in Brazil of the international festival of scientific dissemination “Pint of Science – Um Brinde à Ciência” and coordinator of educational projects of Instituto Questão de Ciência