The Centre suggested today that Maharashtra’s demand for door-to-door vaccination for Covid may not be fulfilled for the time being. The health ministry, on the other hand, reported that it has yet to receive an official application from the state, which is experiencing the largest proportion of infections in the emerging second wave.
Citing logistical problems, including “adverse events” the health secretary said the vaccine is for aged people, “distinct from a universal immunisation programme where we have decades of experience”.
“What we are dealing with is not only adult vaccination but also a vaccination where there may be adverse events after the vaccine shots. For which, you need to keep a person under watch for 30 minutes,” he pointed out.
However, the health secretary said, “Till date, we have not received any specific update about what you call door to door vaccination”.
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Brihanmumbai Corporation chief Iqbal Chahal told reporters earlier today, “We requested the state to in turn request the Centre to allow us to do door-to-door vaccination”.
“When the Centre’s team had visited 10 days ago, I had requested them to allow us to go door to door, so we can go on the vaccination drive in a big way,” he said. He further added that the request was also made during the Centre’s video conference with the states earlier this month.
The clarification came in the wake of the government’s emphasis on “saturation” vaccination in areas where there has been a spike in cases.
VK Paul, the chairman of the National Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration, spoke at a ministry briefing this evening about the significance of concentrating on target age groups.
Underscoring that “any complacency at this stage, and at any level, will have heavy costs,” the Centre wrote to Chief Secretaries today. “All districts with high case load and fast growth of cases must ensure 100% saturation vaccination of the priority age group of 45 year and above, in the coming two weeks,” the Centre wrote.
Regardless of whether there is a current influx, each district must devise an implementation plan with specific deadlines and responsibilities, according to the letter.
The situation of virus variants is getting worse each and every day in India. Today, the central government has urged people to strictly follow all the COVID-19 protocols to minimise the spread.