If efficient containment methods and Covid acceptable behaviour are adopted, the variety of instances within the third wave is not going to be to the extent that the well being system comes below pressure, a senior well being ministry official mentioned on Wednesday.
Health ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal mentioned 2.2 per cent of India’s inhabitants has been affected by the illness thus far.
“This should also make us wary of protecting the still vulnerable or susceptible 97 per cent population. We cannot let our guards down, hence, continued focus on containment is critical. If we keep following containment and Covid appropriate behavior, then the third wave, even if it comes, will not have the number of cases that will put the health system under strain,” he mentioned.
Noting that one of many challenges being confronted within the anti-Covid vaccination programme is vaccine hesitancy, Mr Agarwal mentioned many beneficiaries, particularly in rural and tribal areas, fail to get themselves vaccinated owing to myths, rumours, misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 vaccine shared on social media.
“While busting myths is important, it is also critical to remind communities about the role of Covid appropriate behaviour in breaking the virus transmission chain,” he mentioned.
The senior official was talking at a media workshop organised by UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Health on the necessity to bust myths about vaccines and vaccination and reinforce the significance of Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB).
Responding to a query on the effectiveness of cocktail vaccine or mixing completely different vaccine doses, senior ministry official Veena Dhawan mentioned as per the proof obtainable, the vaccines will not be “interchangeable”.
“A full analysis is yet to be made on the subject. Cocktail vaccination is not to be followed and we should take the same doses of the vaccine,” she careworn.
On Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI), she mentioned the primary half-hour put up vaccination are essential.
“That is why people are kept under observation. Serious or severe side effects are mostly seen in the first 30 minutes,” she added.
On vaccine validity, Mr Agarwal mentioned it’s being assumed that the vaccine will give safety for 6-9 months.
“If evidence would suggest, a booster dose might be given,” he added.
Ms Dhawan mentioned the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) has really helpful COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant girls.
“Pregnant women vaccination has been recommended by NTAGI and in other countries also, it is going on. We will soon be coming out with guidelines for the same,” she mentioned.
On door-to-door vaccination, the official mentioned there are some constraints to be thought-about attributable to which it has not been began but.
“Each vial has to be used within four hours and that might be difficult, and observing the beneficiaries would also be difficult, that is why, door-to-door vaccination has not been introduced yet, but near home vaccination facility has been started,” she added.
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