Many healthcare staff nonetheless harbour doubts over the security and efficacy of the jab and are hesitant to take it. Day I (January 16) of the vaccination programme noticed 350 of the 475 focused staff taking the vaccine, however the numbers have dropped considerably since. Technical glitches with the CoWIN portal have solely compounded issues.
As of Thursday, 30,000 beneficiaries have been vaccinated, however there are instances of fakes. This, regardless of healthcare staff having the liberty to say no to the jab.
A BBMP supply mentioned two medical officers working in a major healthcare centre in East Bengaluru faked inoculation. “One medical officer mentioned he didn’t belief the vaccine and didn’t need it, so he instructed the nurse to carry a small ball of cotton to his arm to make it appear like he took the jab,” mentioned the supply.
Kamala (title modified), a nurse at a PHC in Shivajinagar, mentioned a well being employee who was afraid of getting the jab, faked the act by getting her colleague to simulate injecting the vaccine. “Many are sad over being requested to take the vaccine as they don’t belief it but. The 2 deaths that have been reported have added to fears,” Kamala mentioned. “We don’t need the vaccine however there’s strain to take it. Our bosses are all taking the vaccine to set an instance for us. In such a state of affairs, it’s laborious for us to choose out since we might draw their displeasure.”
Nevertheless, Manjunatha Prasad, commissioner, BBMP, insisted there isn’t any strain on anybody. “Everybody who’s registered on the CoWIN portal is eligible to be inoculated,” Prasad mentioned. “They’ll take the vaccine in the event that they wish to. It’s not obligatory. There is no such thing as a compulsion.”
Solely Serum Institute of India’s Covishield is getting used at vaccination websites in Bengaluru and he mentioned it has been accredited after due diligence on the highest stage. All security precautions have been taken, he mentioned. “Nobody wants fear about its security,” Prasad mentioned. “High officers ought to be a job mannequin to others. There is no such thing as a want for pretence.”
One other official mentioned, “If a well being employee fakes taking the vaccine, their title shall be marked as partially full within the checklist. Even when they arrive round and take the second dose, it might not be efficient. They would be the losers.”