BENGALURU: With the growing lines of vaccine-seeking citizens at vaccination centres and hospitals have led to worries for health experts. Three days of Phase 2 of the vaccination, the Karnataka Technical Advisory Committee has signalled the excess number of citizens at vaccination centres to officials.
The 2nd phase of the COVID-19 vaccination mainly covers the people who are aged over 60 and/or those who are 45+ and have comorbidities. A lot of senior citizens have a complaint about the long wait for Covid-19 registration and lack of clarity on the given time slot. Some senior citizens have also complained that they are asked to move from one hospital to another for the vaccine.
The excessiveness at hospitals and vaccination centres has resulted in a situation where social distancing is difficult to follow. This is why health experts are worried. They say that asymptomatic coronavirus carriers may spread infection rapidly in the crowd.
Due to technical issues in the Co-Win system, there are complications and delays on the ground. With the growing number of calls, the government is supposed to make changes in their approach by vaccinating people and then managing the beneficiary’s data. The same method was followed during Covid-19 testing.
“Overdependence on technology is creating problems. Let senior citizens come to vaccine centres and take the vaccine by producing the required identity cards and address proof between 9 am and 4 pm. Hospitals should enter the data in the Co-Win portal after 4 pm,” said a member of the committee.
Some doctors also reported that many eligible citizens are not getting vaccinated because of technical issues in Co-Win systems. Dr CN Manjunath (a member of the COVID-19 task force) said – excess crowds at vaccination centres can be a small cluster for Covid spread and can be prevented. He also suggested making the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research Institute a vaccination centre.
The epidemiologist Dr Giridhara R Babu, who is a member of the technical advisory committee, said that few private hospitals and NGOs can also be roped and allowed to give the COVID-19 vaccine. It will help maintain social-distancing.