Amid an acute shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in the country, the government began inoculating people from multiple age groups without taking into account the available stock of vaccines and the WHO guidelines.
A health advocacy and awareness platform reviewed Indian preparedness to over come the pandemic. The country should have followed the WHO guidelines and prioritized vaccination accordingly.
Initially, 300 million people were to be administered the vaccine for which 600 million doses were required. But before we reached the target, the government opened vaccination for all above 45 years followed by those aged 18 and above despite knowing well that so much vaccine is not available.
That is the greatest lesson we learnt. We must take into account the availability of the product and then use it judiciously.
Vaccination is essential but even after getting jabbed, people are susceptible to the infection.
Therefore, be cautious and follow COVID preventive guidelines. Although the double mutant of Indian variants are neutralised, yet variants can create problems in vaccination.
As far as the selection of vaccine is concerned, as per CDC and NIH data, whatever vaccine is available can be taken provided it is licensed by the regulatory body. And it is too early to say which vaccine is efficacious and which is not.
What a mess created by PM Narendra Modi led union Government! Govt holds nobody accountable for the untimely deaths of thousands of people across India.
Govt of India did not forecast and deliberately did not steps rigorous steps on footings but went by filmy excuses by the Union Health Minister and misleading Prime Minister.