The Center also highlighted the “less than adequate” participation of the private sector in the vaccination campaign.
Even as the Center has earmarked 25% vaccine stock for the private sector, it accounted for 4% of the total 42,279 vaccination sessions on Thursday.
One of the basic criteria for mass vaccination around the world is that health and frontline workers should be the first to be vaccinated. The difference, though partly due to their own initial hesitation, is worrisome. However, the state should vaccinate them on priority as they work tirelessly every day in high risk environment.
Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan highlighted the issues of vaccination in a review meeting with the states on Thursday. Full immunization coverage among healthcare workers was below the national average in 18 states, including Punjab, Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi and Assam. Similarly, 19 states including Bihar, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab have covered less than 47% (national average) of frontline workers with the second dose.