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Moayad Zaghdani, Digital Content Producer: "Although I still keep practicing preventive measures, the vaccine allowed me to live a more normal life"

13/07/2021 - 09:05
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This young professional from Libya struggled with COVID-19 due to his underlying condition (ashtma). A few months later, he has got back to normal thanks to the vaccine

My name is Moayad Zaghdani and I am a Digital Content Producer from Libya. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, the whole world came together sharing a global health concern.

I was constantly worried about the safety of my loved ones and my underlying condition (asthma) added to my struggle. Despite my diligence and following preventive measures to the best extent, I got COVID-19 in January 2021 and the symptoms were medium to severe.

Luckily, I was not hospitalized and only had to stay in isolation. Although self-isolation took a toll on my mental health, I knew I was privileged compared to the migrants and refugees I work with on a daily basis at IOM. After leaving quarantine, I was still careful, kept preventive measures in place, and registered to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the earliest chance possible.

Given my underlying condition, I was put on the priority list of the Libyan National Center for Disease Control list to get the vaccine and I indeed got the first dose in May 2021. I experienced some side effects including high fever, fatigue and body ache but I was hopeful that the vaccine would take us a step closer to normality.

Although I still keep practicing preventive measures, the vaccine allowed me to live a more normal life. I understand that many people are afraid of the vaccine but I personally find it necessary for life to get back to normality. On the stance that no one is safe until everyone is safe, I hope everyone would come together to take the vaccine so we can all go back to our normal lives.

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