BHOPAL: Jabalpur, Indore, Bhopal - the top three districts of the state lags in second dose vaccination to front line workers. The health department has launched a special drive to ensure vaccination of the front line workers who have failed to get their second dose against Covid-19.
The vaccinations in the state have crossed the 2 crores mark, however, it majorly includes the number of people who have received the first dose. The number of people getting inoculated with the second dose is very small. In all,† 2,13,23,031 vaccine doses were administered in the state till Friday evening, of which 1,87,75,245 constitutes the first dose, while only 25,47,786 people have received the second shot.
The state immunisation officer Dr Santosh Shukla informed that most of the 2nd†dose takers are the front line workers. These include government servants deputed in hospitals, administrative employees, police personnel, employees of local bodies and a few more.
The official said that during his recent visit to Jabalpur, he found that the maximum number of vaccine second doses is pending. A meeting was held with the collector and other officials and it was decided that those who had not taken the second dose will be first asked to get the jabs.
The same steps will be taken in districts like Indore and Bhopal to complete the backlog of the 2nd†dose vaccinations, said Shukla. To face the possible third wave of coronavirus, the best practice is to get both the doses of the vaccine and follow all Covid19 protocols, he added. The state government is putting its all effort to check the third wave, but the officials who have the key responsibility to participate in the work, are not supporting the vaccination programme, said Shukla.
Salary withheld warning!
If the front line workers didnít come for the vaccination their salaries will be withheld informally, said sources. And if they still refuse to take the vaccine, they will be brought forcefully to the vaccination centres, they informed.