India’s co-vaccination rollout continues due to supply shortages and hesitation in vaccines, which has cast doubt on the government’s commitment to protect the entire population from polio till December.
Several states, including the capital Delhi, say they have depleted vaccine stocks this week, while others, including Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, say vaccine supply is low in many areas, especially those aged 18-45. For older people.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted, “Vaccines are running again in Delhi. The central government is giving vaccines for a day or two, then we will have to keep the vaccination centers closed for several days.”
The central government has denied the shortage claims, saying all states were notified weeks in advance how many vaccines would be sent to them each month.
India, the world’s second most populous country with over 1.3 billion citizens, has a huge task to do to prevent polio. However, nationwide statistics show that the country is nowhere near meeting the daily target of vaccinating the entire adult population by the end of 2021, as a government minister, Prakash Jawdekar, said in May. I promised.
Only 5% of the population is fully vaccinated, while 20% have a single dose.
More than 8 million people need to be vaccinated every day to hit the target of 2.16 billion doses administered by December, but the turnout on Sunday was 1.3 million, the lowest in months and now in July. The daily average has been around 4 million.
Fear of a third cowardly wave hitting India in the next few months has led to an immediate increase in the vaccination program. While the incidence is extremely low in the capital, Delhi, one of the worst-hit areas of the second catastrophic wave, India still officially has about 1,000 official deaths, while the actual number will be much higher. ۔ The central government has said it is monitoring the alarming rise in northeastern states and Kerala in the south.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday warned that a “third wave is imminent and imminent” and called on the government to restrict tourist travel and religious activities and pilgrimages, which has been a major issue in recent weeks. Then they have increased.
“It is painful to see that at this crucial time, when everyone needs to work for the reduction of the third wave, in many parts of the country, both governments and the people, Are busy, “the IMA said in a statement.
Vaccine reluctance is also a barrier to vaccine rollout, especially in rural areas. In the poor state of Bihar, where vaccines are hesitant due to misinformation campaigns on social media and WhatsApp and there are fears that the vaccine will lead to infertility or death, there are reports of attacks on mobile vaccination centers. Local authorities are offering villagers incentives for home appliances such as refrigerators and fans, and even gold coins, to speed up the vaccination process.
Yet there is still reluctance among educated people, including doctors, some of whom are concerned about home-made vaccines, which are still approved by the World Health Organization. do not have.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has personally appealed to Indians to be vaccinated against polio in his monthly radio show, and speaking on a program on Monday, Home Minister Amit Shah also addressed the issue of reluctance to vaccinate.
“No one should get the impression that our war is over – the only way to win this war is for the people to be vaccinated,” Shah said. However, some communities are still reluctant to receive the vaccine. People are not moving forward for fear that the vaccine will have a negative effect on them.
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