Terming as a “serious concern” the low levels of vaccination, especially the second dose, among healthcare workers and frontline workers, the central government on Thursday advised states and union territories to give a second dose to the priority group. Focus on it and make an effective plan for it. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Health, a high-level meeting was held with the states under the chairmanship of Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan for progress in vaccination and during this it was highlighted that only 82 percent health workers (HCWs) were given the first dose of vaccine. Whereas in the case of the second dose, this number is only 56 percent.
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According to the statement, 18 states and union territories, including Punjab, Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Assam, have a vaccination percentage lower than the national average. The statement said that 85 percent of the frontline personnel were given the first dose of the vaccine, but only 47 percent of the second dose was given to the personnel.
According to this, there are a total of 19 states and union territories including Bihar, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Telangana, Karnataka and Punjab where the percentage of second dose to frontline personnel is less than the national average. The Union Health Secretary reiterated that universal immunization amongst this group is essential to protect the healthcare system to deal with the pandemic and timely immunization is important for complete protection of the beneficiaries. States were asked to focus on health workers and frontline workers and make effective plans to ensure second dose.
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According to the statement, states were suggested to fix specific timings and sessions for vaccination of this group. Bhushan underlined that the private sector’s participation in the Kovid-19 vaccination campaign is inadequate. According to the revised guidelines, private hospitals can procure 25 percent of the total available vaccines. According to the statement, the presence of limited number of private hospitals and their uneven distribution in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Assam were underlined.
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