- A group of public health experts submitted a report on vaccination to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
- The report states that those who have recovered from corona do not need to be vaccinated.
- Focus on people at high risk rather than mass, indiscriminate and incomplete vaccination
A group of public health experts in its report submitted to PM Modi has recommended that he review the opening of corona vaccination to all adults in the country. Experts have said that those who have recovered from corona do not need to be given the vaccine. Instead of mass vaccination, at-risk groups should be vaccinated. They warn that large-scale, indiscriminate and incomplete vaccination can lead to the emergence of mutants of the corona virus.
The group also includes doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), members of the National Task Force on COVID-19. The group has said in its recent report that instead of mass vaccination of people, only those who are vulnerable and in the risk category should be vaccinated.
The report states that the difference between the two doses of Covishield should be reduced in places where infections are increasing rapidly due to the delta variant. At present, a gap of at least 12 weeks has been kept between the two doses of Covishield.
Experts from the Indian Public Health Association, the Indian Association of Epidemiologists and the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine have said in their report, ‘The current epidemic situation in the country demands that vaccination should be opened to all age groups at this stage instead of opening up. We should guide ourselves by the epidemiological data. The report has been submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The report stresses that vaccination of underage adults and children is not evidence-supported and will not be economical. The report said that unplanned vaccination may lead to the promotion of mutant variants of the virus. It states that there is no need to vaccinate those who have been exposed to corona virus infection.
The report said that it makes no sense to vaccinate all adults, especially when the country is in the midst of a pandemic and vaccine availability is limited. In such a situation, the focus should be on reducing deaths, which are more in the elderly group, people with co-morbidities and obesity. Experts have said that in the current phase of vaccination, the objective should be to cover at-risk groups and not to vaccinate the entire population at large.
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