India’s coveted-19 vaccine drive has been hampered by a turnout of less than 22% in some states, as concerns over vaccine safety and the spread of misinformation have led to widespread reluctance.
On Saturday, India launched the world’s largest vaccination program as it embarked on a massive campaign to vaccinate its 1.3 billion citizens against the corona virus.
On Saturday, the first day of India’s vaccination campaign, more than 200,000 vaccines were given – the most one-day in any country – but still fell short of the government’s target of 100,000. As of Tuesday evening, the government said 631,417 people had been vaccinated against polio, far less than expected.
So far, the average national turnout has been 64% lower, while in states like Tamil Nadu and Punjab, the amount of vaccines dropped by 22% and 23% in the first two days of the vaccination campaign.
The low turnout was due to safety concerns among healthcare workers who were the first to receive the vaccine, as well as technical difficulties with the app being developed to inform people about their vaccine appointments. There were also.
Two vaccine 19 vaccines have been approved for emergency use in India, the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine – called CoveShield in India.
The Oxford / AstraZeneva vaccine, which has completed international trials and has a 62% efficacy with two doses, is already widely distributed in the UK. The UK’s NHS They say Of the vaccines used in this country: “The corona virus vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against the corona virus.
Kovacson has not completed the trial of Phase 3 cases and therefore there are no definitive data on its efficacy, which is why India is still one of the few countries to have the vaccine in the testing phase. However, the Drug Controller of India said that the preliminary data of the ongoing trial of more than 22,000 people showed that it was “100% safe” and effective.
However, some health professionals in India expressed concern that they were not provided with adequate data on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and were alarmed by the pace at which the vaccine was being administered.
Dr. Nimrata Agarwal, a pediatrician in Kashipur, was among those who did not want to be vaccinated. “I’m very hesitant,” he said. “All protocols have been delivered quickly and expeditiously. I’m not so worried about the effectiveness of a vaccine – which may be different – and I can handle it, but I can protect it and it can be harmful.” Is.
On Tuesday, Bharat Biotech released a fact sheet of people who have basic health problems who should avoid the coxsackie vaccine, raising questions as to why it was not advertised before the vaccine was released. Was
Chandigarh-based ophthalmologist Dr Mandeep Olakh said she would wait a few weeks before getting vaccinated against polio. “Vaccine development has accelerated,” he said. “I also have some allergies so I didn’t have to take it voluntarily.”
The Indian government had expected that 300 million people would be vaccinated against polio by August, a target that would be challenging if the opposition maintained its current rate.
The capital, Delhi – which is expected to vaccinate 100,000 people a day – received only 3,598 healthcare workers on Monday, well below its daily target of 8,136. , Which is still up to 44% in the Indian capital today. At the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi’s largest hospital, only eight out of the expected 100 healthcare workers turned up on Monday for their theft.
In Mumbai, one of the most affected cities from Covid-19, the turnout for vaccines on the first day was 48%, with 4,000 people receiving their vaccines. This was well below Mumbai’s ambitious target of vaccinating 50,000 healthcare workers a day.
Dr Amit Thahai, Director, Nirmamia Hospital, Mumbai, said: “There is a long line of questions about the safety and efficacy of vaccines. The fact that doctors have been told to take it first has caused problems. Doctors are not accustomed to enrolling in trials, which is why optics are so scarce.
Thahahi said the immediate decline in the need for vaccines has also improved as the number of coward cases in India is declining sharply, with new cases at their lowest level since mid-June. Are coming. “The incentive to get vaccinated is not very good at the moment,” he said.
On Saturday, the state of Maharashtra, located in Mumbai, temporarily suspended the vaccination campaign after vaccinating less than 2,000 people across the state. This was partly attributed to widespread technical glitches, which meant that people were not alerted to their vaccination appointments.
Vaccine misinformation and fake news also circulate on WhatsApp. In a widely circulated video, the alleged “medical doctor and homeopath” from Belgium, Dr. John Dennis, uncertainly claims that “the vaccine is not safe or effective” and misrepresents: Fake is a contagious disease … You were orchestrated to create a fear of getting vaccinated which can cause irreversible changes in your DNA.
Ashraf Buchanan, a Delhi-based carpet seller who had forwarded the video, said the video gave him a second thought about the vaccine. I get restless when I watch these videos. I don’t know who to believe and everyone in my family is different.
The low turnout came as a surprise to state governments. Only 47% of those registered to be vaccinated in Karnataka had applied for their appointments by Monday, prompting the state government to hit the target of vaccinating 650,000 health workers by the end of the week. do not have. “Despite the district having the highest literacy rate in the state, I wonder why healthcare workers are reluctant to take the vaccine,” Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar told local media.
Many doctors say politicians and public figures should be vaccinated in public to allay fears. Dr. Sanjeev Zotshi, a cardiologist in Delhi, said, “If celebrities think about it, it will help increase the numbers,” who are going to have jaws in two days.
Dr Arun Shah, a senior pediatrician in Muzaffarnagar, agreed. The Prime Minister himself and the Minister of Health should get this vaccine. This will reassure a lot of people. And to create a sense of confidence, every vaccinator should share photos and their experiences on the WhatsApp to spread reassurance.
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