Raipur: Fear of Covid-19 second wave has gripped Chhattisgarh with surge in number of coronavirus cases and deaths due to Covid-19. However, surprisingly the state is witnessing decrease in footfall in the Covid-19 vaccination centers possibly due to misconceptions related to vaccination.
The state has capacity of 4 lakh vaccines per day. However, vaccination is not being done at its full capacity. In the first week of April, the vaccination centers an average of 2.80 lakh people got vaccinated daily while it reached an average of 60,000 vaccines per day last week.
Health Minister TS Singh Deo said that right now, 10 lakh people over 45 years are yet to get both vaccine doses, however the number of people coming to the vaccination centers has reduced. Due to this, the vaccination work is not being done at its full capacity.
Health Department spokesperson Dr Subhash Mishra says that some rumors have spread about vaccination, especially its second dose. People feel that they got ill after getting vaccinates. “The decrease in people visiting the centers may be the result of this rumor. These are only rumors. The vaccine is completely safe and is helpful in preventing disease”, he said.
Over 53.25 lakh people have been vaccinated in the state so far. Out of which, only 6.02 lakh people have received both vaccine doses. The state government estimates that out of the population of 3.86 crore in Chhattisgarh, 1.20 crore people are under 45 to 18 years of age group. The government has announced free vaccination for this age group. It is estimated that it will cost more than Rs 1,000 crore. For this, Congress MLAs have dedicated their entire MLA funds and efforts are also being made to cut spending in addition to governance.
Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel has recently just written a letter to the Prime Minister and the Union Health Minister, demanding a vaccine at the same price for the state and central governments. He has also asked the Center to disclose the plan of how much vaccine he will be able to give to the state daily, so that the plan for the vaccination campaign can be finalized.
Dr Subhash Mishra said the central government has not sent any guidelines so far. Our preparations are in progress. As soon as the guideline arrives, arrangements will be made accordingly.