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Check out vaccine rumors; take criminal action against those who indulge in such acts: MHA tells states | India News

NEW DELHI: The Center has called on states to take appropriate measures to counter the spread of unfounded and misleading rumors about the safety of the two Covid-19 vaccines being administered in the country, and recommended that they take criminal action against those who are found participating in the dissemination of misinformed news.
In a letter sent to the chief secretaries of all states and UT, the Union Secretary of the Interior, Ajay Bhalla, emphasized that both the Covishield vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech Limited , were approved for inoculation after they were found safe. and immunogenic by the National Regulatory Authority.
The secretary, however, drew attention to reports of unfounded and misleading rumors circulating on social media and other outlets, “creating questions about the safety and efficacy of these vaccines.”
“This type of rumor spread, particularly by vested interests, can create unwarranted doubts among the general public and therefore it is necessary to check all kinds of unfounded propaganda related to the safety and immunogenicity of vaccines,” he said. it said in a letter sent to the chief secretaries of state on January 19.
The government of India, in collaboration with the states and territories of the Union, launched the Covid-19 vaccine inoculation campaign across the country starting on January 16.
The Secretary of the Interior of the Union said that health workers and frontline workers are being vaccinated according to the priority decided by the National Group of Experts on Vaccine Administration to COVID-19-19 (NEGVAC), and then priority groups 2 and 3 will be vaccinated.
The Home Secretary urged states and UT to put in place an appropriate mechanism to control the spread of misinformed rumors and ordered heads of state to take the necessary measures to counter the spread of all false information about vaccines, as well enough to quickly spread factual messages.
“In addition, criminal proceedings may be brought against individuals or organizations that have carried out such activities, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act 2005 and the Indian Penal Code 1860.” set.
Vaccination will be resumed for priority reasons 2 and 3. Bhalla said the government of India was taking all necessary measures to ensure that the vaccination campaign is successful and that the pandemic is finally eradicated.

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