Greater Noida, India: India’s major coronavirus vaccination campaign is behind schedule, with one-third of recipients receiving appointments due to safety concerns, technical glitches and the epidemic leading to the epidemic. Not ready for
One week later, India vaccinated 1.4 million people, or 200,000 people a day. It initially hoped that by July, the rollout would increase and 300,000 would be processed daily before taxing 300 million.
At Sharda Hospital in Greater Noida, near New Delhi, Khushi Dhengra, a 17-year-old pharma student, hugged her friend and waited for him to be shot.
“I am just scared. “I hate needles and I’m worried about the side effects,” he told AFP. “My dad is also very worried. He’s calling me over and over again to make sure I’m fine.” Greater Noida “There are about 80 students among me but only two people have chosen to shoot,” said Sakshi Sharma, a 21-year-old nursing student. “My friends are saying that it will have side effects, you may have a stroke.”
India is using two shots for its campaign. A CowShield, Oxford – is a locally developed version of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been approved and used safely in several other countries after completing a Phase 3 human trial. Others – Kovacson Bharat was developed locally by Bharat Biotech and has not yet completed Phase 3 trials, although the government has insisted it is “110% safe”.
Side effects are a common fear, some cases of severe reactions – even death. Widely reported in the media and widely circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp. In the eastern state of West Bengal, health chief Ajoy Chakraborty said the turnout was just under 70 per cent, calling it “not encouraging”.
“We could have achieved our goal if some people had not backed down after watching the news on television about the negative effects of immunizations,” Chakarti said. But Alisha Khan, a 20-year-old nursing student in Greater Noida, said people were also hesitant because of it.
“Why are they trying to experiment on us? First of all, they should have completed the trials properly,” Khan told AFP. “I’m already trembling with fear.” Dhangra was not shot after staff realized he was under 18. However, he received a text message asking him to come through the IT system to get vaccinated. .
The government says this and other shortcomings are being rectified. One was that if one person did not demonstrate for vaccination, no one else could take their place. This has resulted in incomplete glasses of the vaccine – which contain a certain amount of food and have to be used that day. This effort has been hampered by the sharp decline in coronavirus infections and deaths in India in recent months.
“Initially, when there was a lockdown, (villagers) were very scared of the corona virus,” said Asha Chauhan, 30, who has been involved in immunization efforts in rural areas. “It simply came to our notice then. They think that Corona has left our country now. “They are afraid they will die if they get vaccinated.”
Because of the jaws in the first phase, many of the 30 million people are health workers who have seen the deadly epidemic up close – but many of them are hesitant. Experts say the vaccine needs to be considered before it can reach the Indian population on a large scale. The government tried to increase participation, even adapting a Bollywood classical song telling people not to believe false rumors.
A Delhi hospital has set up a “selfie zone” to take photos of satisfied recipients. And vaccination centers have started playing light music in the waiting rooms.