Karnataka doctors demand choice of Covid-19 vaccine before inoculation

The Karnataka Association of Resident Doctors (KARD) has demanded the state authorities to permit healthcare employees to decide on the Covid-19 vaccine that will likely be administered to them.

A letter written to Health and Medical Education Minister Okay Sudhakar mentions that resident doctors in a number of districts within the state really feel they’re being discriminated towards. At current, Covaxin is being administered solely in district hospitals of Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Ballari, Shivamogga, Chamarajanagar, and Davangere.

“…the resident doctors are concerned that they have been given vaccine- Covaxin, whereas other centres in Karnataka have been receiving Covishield. Before receiving Covaxin we have been made to take the undertaking stating that the clinical efficacy of Covaxin is yet to be established,” the letter learn.

It added, “The undertaking and the discrepancies in the distribution of the vaccine sounds very suspicious and the resident doctors are very guarded in getting vaccinated. Resident doctors from medical colleges at Shivamogga, Hassan, Chamarajnagar, and Ballari added that the matter is of great concern as the government decided to inject vaccine whose phase-III results are yet to be declared.”

Dr Dayanand Sagar, President of KARD advised stated the utilization of Covaxin “on a trial basis” on healthcare employees is condemnable. “Further, the undertaking made to sign by us is worded suspiciously. Instead, healthcare workers should be given an option to choose a vaccine. The government should administer vaccines that have passed at least the interim analysis stage,” he stated. He defined that desire for Covishield is greater as Covaxin’s interim evaluation report shouldn’t be obtainable.

However, Minister Sudhakar maintained that each the vaccines are “reliable”, citing the clearance given by the Drugs Controller General of India. “Healthcare workers can hence take Covaxin without any apprehensions,” he stated.

Meanwhile, knowledge made public by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services indicated that 55,550 beneficiaries, all healthcare employees, had been vaccinated in the course of the first three days of the vaccination drive that started on Saturday.

Karnataka reported an general protection of 47 per cent in the course of the Covid-19 vaccination drive on Monday, a lot decrease than the 58.4 and 63 per cent on Sunday and Saturday, respectively.

At the identical time, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad stated 42 per cent of the focused beneficiaries had been vaccinated throughout the limits of the native physique on Monday. Most protection was recorded in RR Nagar (74%), adopted by BBMP West (67%), and BBMP South (57%) respectively, knowledge issued by the native civic physique indicated.


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