On-campus Vaccination 2.0

In a previous article, AUBG Daily sought advice from Health Center Director, Dr. Ventsislav Daskalov, following up on the vaccination campaign on campus. He said that more participation was needed for the project. Targeting all members of the institution, the initiative is beneficial as “Bulgaria is around ten times behind worldwide health standards,” Daskalov said. 

He also added that the vaccination process is slightly painful, involves almost no side effects, and is recommended for people with chronic diseases and immune deficiency conditions. All in all, Dr. Daskalov’s verdict was clear - “It is certain – inoculation protects.”

It seems most students see eye to eye with Daskalov, deeming immunization beneficial. 

“It is an added plus for the university when it takes our health and well-being seriously,” freshman Presiana Tsvetkova said. “I really do not understand why so many people are reluctant to get a shot.”

Photo courtesy of Presiana Tsvetkova.  

However, it seems that Daskalov’s wish for more participants in the campaign would have been fulfilled if the deadline for purchasing the vaccine from the Business Office was longer. 

“I wanted to get myself vaccinated and saw the campaign as a great opportunity,” freshman Milen Plevneliev said. “Sadly, I missed the time limit, but it is all rightHopefully, I will succeed next year.”

Biology professor William Clark said getting vaccinated is a responsibility we all bear for our collective well-being. Clark points to bad nutrition, lack of vitamin D, and poor hygiene as the main contributors to winter sickness.  

“When we first lived in Bulgaria back in the 1990s, there were not a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables during the winter and in the spring people would look kind of yellowish and greyish,” Clark said. “The cold does not cause diseases, microbes cause them.”

Clark labels vaccination as one of the wonders of modern medicine and said the process aims not only toward personal health but to community resistance against disease, a phenomenon he refers to as “herd immunity.”

Prof. Clark in his office / Source: aubg.edu

“Vaccines are the only way we can protect ourselves from some diseases,” Clark said. “There really are no greater alternatives. Overall, the clinical evidence shows that immunization does a great job, but in order for it to work, you have to get to a certain level of vaccination in the population.”

Although a nuisance at first, Prof. Clark and Dr. Daskalov agree that vaccines are favorable in the long turn. Better preparation can lead to higher participation in next year’s round of the vaccination campaign on campus.    

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