Do people hesitate and panic over the Covid vaccine?
In the second round of vaccination, many major hospitals failed to attract the first dose of the corona vaccine. The second round of the Covid vaccine campaign began on Saturday, but 28 days ago, a large section of those who were given their first dose of vaccine did not reach for complete Covid vaccine on Saturday.
According to data from the Union Health Ministry, only 7688 beneficiaries left for their second phase of vaccination. However, more than 1.9 lakh people had vaccinated on the first day of the Kovid vaccination campaign that started on 16 January.
What could be the reason for this – doctors and public health experts discussed it.
Dr. Sunila Garg, a member of the Kovid-19 Task Force in Delhi and an advisor to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said that the low attendance for the second dose may cause adverse reactions after the first dose.
He said, “The second dose is expected to cause sharp side effects. Since health workers are aware of this fact, it may be that they are discouraged to come forward for the booster dose.”
Dr. Ajit Jain, the Nodal Officer and Medical Superintendent for Covid Vaccination at Delhi’s Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital (RGSSH), agreed with Garg and said that the hospital has a sufficient number of partially immunized healthcare staff, who have long been By the time he suffered the effects, he has given up his booster dose. Only 5 beneficiaries who took the last dose took their second dose in the hospital on Saturday.
“Many people have suffered from mild to moderate levels of adverse effects. While this is natural after vaccination, the beneficiaries are hesitant to take another dose for this reason,” he said.
He said, “Many health workers felt side effects like fever, pain at the injection site, weakness at the injection site for 3 to 4 days after vaccination. After talking to them, it was found that they do not want to experience side effects again.
The epidemic is over!
Meanwhile, many health experts attributed the indifference to vaccination to the notion that the epidemic is over. Dr. BL Sherwal, director of RGSSH, said that an understanding has developed among health workers that they do not need to go for vaccination because they believe that the epidemic is over now.
He said, “There has been a tremendous improvement in the situation of Kovid-19 compared to the last months of 2020, where the epidemic cases in the national capital had increased considerably. However, this has affected the mentality of the people. People believe Now that when the epidemic is over, why take the pain of vaccination.
Meanwhile, former President of the Indian Medical Association, Dr. Rajeev Jayadevan, stated 2 possibilities, due to which people are not coming to get vaccinations again.
He said, “One of the reasons for this may be that health workers are intentionally delaying their second dose for better immune response, which results from a longer interval between vaccine doses. The other reason may be that too many people believe that a single dose is good enough to protect against pandemics. Both arguments are scientifically proven. “