Indore: The district administration and the health department have failed to motivate people to get the second dose with the same zeal as they took the first dose of vaccine as about 2 lakh people are shying away from completing their vaccination doses in the district. Indore has added a feather to its cap by vaccinating the highest number of people in a day and even leading in vaccination drives across the state with vaccinating over 90 per cent of the targeted population with the first dose of vaccine.
The major concern for officials is that they could achieve only a 26 per cent target of vaccinating people with the second dose. The total targeted population in the city is 2,807,558 people and as many as 2,525,508 have taken the first dose of vaccine, while 655,563 people have taken the second dose, as well.
‘Single dose not enough’
"About 2 lakh people are shying away from taking the second dose of vaccine even after their due dates have passed. These include about 70,000 people who got the first dose of Covaxin and the remaining are those who took Covishield. We appeal to people to complete their vaccination doses to get better immunity against the pandemic disease as a single dose won’t be of much use," said Dr Tarun Gupta, immunisation officer.
‘Weather may be blamed’
"Many people believe they’re safe by taking the first dose, which isn’t correct. People must take both the doses of the vaccine to get better immunity, as well as to prevent a likely third wave of Covid-19. The other reason why people may be shying away from taking their second dose may be the weather as people are avoiding making trips to the vaccination centres for taking the jab," remarked Dr Gupta.
Covaxin in stock but state refuses it as the first dose
Much to the disappointment of people who are waiting for the stock of Covaxin to take their first dose of vaccine, the state health department has refused to give Covaxin as a first dose
Sources say about 1 lakh Covaxin doses are in stock with the health department in Indore and the situation is similar in other districts, but the first dose of Covaxin is not available at any government site
The department has asked officials to focus on administering the second dose of Covaxin to complete vaccination of those who have taken its first dose already
Supply of Covaxin from the Centre is uncertain, because of which the state does not want to take the risk of giving it as a first dose—at least for now, sources added