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Vaccinate all above 18 years: IMA urges Modi

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 Rohit Shishodia
The demand for more comprehensive Covid vaccination is growing louder in India. After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to vaccinate all, the Indian Medical Association has now requested PM Modi to administer Corona vaccines to all above 18 years of age.  

In a letter to the PM, IMA has stated that complacency, mass gatherings without masks, noncompliance of Covid appropriate behaviour and the mutations in the virus have surpassed doctors' efforts and have resulted in a fast spreading second wave.

"Stern implementation and execution of certain pre-emptive efforts will prove the key to contain the fast spreading pandemic," reads the letter issued by IMA to PM Modi.

IMA has said that vaccination against Covid stands as a single evidence based resource to restrict the cases by raising the personal immune response and pave the way for herd immunity  to decrease the severity of the disease.

In view of the rapid spread of the second wave of the disease, IMA has suggested that the vaccination strategy needs to be geared up with immediate effect on war footing.

IMA has recommended that all citizens above 18 years of age should be permitted to  receive Covid vaccination.

"Walk in Covid vaccination should be available for all, free of cost, at their nearest possible place. Private sector family  clinics also shall be included actively in the vaccination drive along with private hospitals. Availability of vaccination with all doctors and  family physicians will have positive impact on the vaccination drive," reads the IMA letter signed by President Dr JA Jayalal.

The IMA has suggested that district level vaccine task force team should be constituted with public, private participation to enforce mass vaccination and monitoring and for mitigating the adverse events and building confidence.

The doctors body has said that vaccination certificate should be made a mandatory certificate for entering public places and receiving products under public distribution system.

"As there is acute spurt of this disease, as a measure to immediately break the chain, limited period continuous lock down shall be implemented especially for all the non-essential areas like cinema, cultural and religious events, sports, etc," says the IMA.


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