Guidelines for vaccinating against COVID-19 The Indian government improperly prioritizes people. and caused a large number of deaths inevitably. Warn a team of nine experts from research institutes in the UK and India.
Current government guidelines for vaccination which focuses on the younger age group “It inevitably caused many deaths. and very unequal both between age groups and within them,” the doctors and researchers argue in a commentary published in the British medical journal BMX Wednesday.
From May 3 to June 5, 2021, the first dose was given to more than 60 people under the age of 45, although at least 77 million people over 60 remain unvaccinated. Either way
They urged the government to take a more targeted approach and allocate available doses to older people. especially in more scarce areas.
India’s vaccination program started in January 2021 with health professionals and “Frontline Employees” in March Expands to people aged 60 and over and those aged 45 and over with co-morbidities. and in April It is extended to people aged 45 and over from May 1st. Vaccination is granted to anyone 18 years of age or older, although those under 45 have to pay for it.
earlier this week Prime Minister Narendra announced that the vaccine will be given free to those aged 18-45, but the authors suggest there will likely increase the focus of vaccination for people in this younger age group. than those aged 45 years and over.
“In practice Access to COVID-19 vaccination It is primarily determined by socioeconomic status. with very low coverage in rural areas and among disadvantaged urban populations,” they wrote.
“The consequence is Indians of all ages are increasingly dependent on private purchases. And the country’s minimum pension system makes this particularly unfavorable for the elderly,” they added.
There are also no special provisions facilitating access to vaccines for adults with mobility impairments. They added that the elderly were unfamiliar with the digital technology needed to book injections.
Such concerns were also raised by General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general. “There is an annoying narrative in some countries that it’s okay if an elderly person dies.
“It is important that older people everywhere have vaccination priorities. Those most at risk of serious disease and death from COVID-19, including health workers and the elderly, must come first. And it has to come first everywhere,” he added in the latest statement.
While some Indian states have already allocated the amount of medicines available to the elderly. Researchers have urged the central government to do the same until all older adults in India have received at least one dose of the drug.
The researchers included the University of East Anglia, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, King’s College London, the University of Aberdeen from the United Kingdom; Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and Alagappa University in Tamil Nadu.
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