Permit vaccine for non-medical care laborers to curb wastage: IMA
- Post By : Kumar Jeetendra
- Source: PTI
- Date: 20 Jan,2021
Apex medical body IMA on Wednesday expressed concern over not all pre-registered beneficiaries turning up for receiving COVID-19 vaccines and proposed the Madhya Pradesh government to allow inoculation of individuals interested in receiving doses.
The Madhya Pradesh unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), the apex body of doctors, said allowing vaccination of people beyond the priority group, now only healthcare workers are being inoculated, helps in preventing the”wastage” of their medication.
The authorities should make a provision for including those persons from the vaccination drive who are thinking about getting doses so that maximum number of people benefit,” IMA MP Joint Secretary Dr Sudeep Pathak told PTI.
However, if the number of persons (planned recipients) is less, then the medicine goes waste after a certain length of time, ” he said.
Pathak suggested making this type of provision in Co-WIN, the dedicated digital platform for the nationally inoculation drive, so that those willing to get the shot but not registered, can be given vaccine to prevent its wastage.
A vial of 5 ml can be administered to ten individuals and once it’s opened, it may be kept only for six hours, senior doctor Jayant Yadav said.
As per day accounts, the vaccination target is not 100 percent anywhere and in that scenario, it is going to be in the larger interest if individuals ready for inoculation are permitted to get the doses by enrolling themselves on the portal, Pathak said.
But, MP’s Additional Director (Vaccination) Dr Santosh Shukla denied reports in a section of the media that vaccine doses are getting wasted in the state.
The dose left in the past vial (of the day) cannot be termed as wastage and it is within the permissible limits of 0.4 percent to five percent that’s permitted under government guidelines, Shukla said.
But it cannot be termed as wastage. Those who are saying so are incorrect.
“Only those vials get wasted that get opened as that isn’t allowed to be used again. But it (such number) is very minimal and within permissible limits, ” he said.
Shukla informed they have requested the Centre to make a provision in the portal site to accommodate those prepared for vaccination and the same is under consideration.
He said the central governments immunisation manager, during a visit here on Tuesday, had termed Madhya Pradesh as the”best performing” state in the country on COVID-19 vaccination front and making arrangements for it.