Beware of the Peltzman Effect After the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Beware of the Peltzman Effect After the COVID-19 Vaccine
Beware of the Peltzman Effect After the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Peltzman effect is quite common after vaccination for a disease, where some people neglect preventive measures because they think their bodies are immune. In fact, this is not necessarily true and can actually cancel vaccination

The Peltzman effect was first coined by an economist from Chicago University in 1975, Sam Peltzman. This effect describes a situation when people become careless and ignore the security procedures that have been implemented, then end up doing things that are risky.

Beware of the Peltzman Effect After the COVID-19 Vaccine - Alodokter

Peltzman Effect After COVID-19 Vaccine

The Peltzman effect can occur in any field, including he alth. In the he alth sector, the cause of the Peltzman effect is a misperception of the risk of disease transmission, especially among people who have taken precautions.

An example is what happened during the COVID-19 pandemic. After getting the vaccine against the Corona virus, many people feel completely immune so they are no longer disciplined in carrying out he alth protocols.

In fact, this perception is dangerous because it can put themselves and others around them at risk of contracting COVID-19. In fact, after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, a person can still get this disease and pass it on to other people, especially if they don't follow he alth protocols.

Therefore, to prevent the Peltzman effect and minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 even though you have been vaccinated, there are several ways you can do, including:

  • Understand that other preventive measures against COVID-19 disease must still be carried out, even after getting vaccinated.
  • Apply he alth protocols in a disciplined manner to prevent transmission of COVID-19, such as wearing masks, maintaining a safe distance (psychal distancing), and washing hands regularly.
  • Avoid crowds or crowded places, and don't go outside if you don't have to.
  • Remind family or relatives who have been vaccinated to always apply preventive measures.

Don't let the Peltzman effect thwart vaccination efforts. Even though you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, don't underestimate this disease or feel that you no longer need to undergo he alth protocols. Follow the steps above to prevent the spread of the Corona virus.

If you have questions regarding the Peltzman effect or the COVID-19 vaccine, you can use the ALODOKTER application to chat directly with doctors. In addition, you can also make an appointment with a doctor at the hospital if you need an in-person examination.

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