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Covid-19: Experts Welcome Expansion of Vaccine Coverage; Urge Government to Order Supplies, Pricing, and Crowd Management | India News


NEW DELHI: Physicians and public health experts have welcomed the government’s decision to allow everyone over the age of 18 to be eligible for Covid-19 vaccination as of May 1 and to allow for vaccines to be obtained by of hospitals and states.
While the move to open up more vaccination options has been welcomed, doctors and experts also urged the Center to resolve issues related to vaccine supplies, prices and crowd management before implementing phase three of the mega campaign. vaccination.
Backing the government’s move to expand coverage, the Indian Medical Association said: “IMA suggests increasing the rate of vaccination against Covid and expanding the inclusion of the private sector in the campaign. Modern drug vaccination is again proving its power. ”The association said it had suggested vaccines for everyone over 18 years of age in a meeting with the prime minister.
“The decision to vaccinate everyone over 18 years of age and allow 50% of vaccines to be used by states and the private sector and also the decision to allow the private sector to buy directly from manufacturers both inside and outside the country will be a failure. a long way to go in our mass vaccination campaign, ”said Manipal Hospitals President Dr. Sudarshan Ballal.
Hospitals said the government should come up with strict guidelines to control the passage along with starting more vaccination centers or sessions.
“We will need to expand the current capacity to vaccinate ten times or more, at the same time, people in each center must be restricted so that these same centers do not become hotspots for Covid,” said Dr. Anoop Misra, president of Fortis C-Doc.
More than 13 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered nationwide as of 8 p.m. Tuesday. An average of around 45,000 daily vaccination sessions are carried out. However, most of them remain in government hospitals. Lately, daily vaccination sessions have increased and workplaces allow for sessions. On Tuesday, more than 71,000 vaccination sessions were organized until 10:00 p.m. Of these, 64,215 were in government hospitals and around 6,800 in the private sector.
Dr. Misra said that the expansion of the vaccination campaign was the need of the moment, since vaccination was a key tool to break the chain of transmission.

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