This concern was raised in a latest assembly of BBMP and an knowledgeable panel of docs. “Healthcare workers (HCWs) are the most vulnerable, and this is evident with a doctor being infected with Omicron. Why has the government delayed booster doses when vaccines are available in abundance?” mentioned a physician who’s a member of the panel. The authorities’s silence on kids’s vaccination was additionally mentioned on the meet.
Dr MK Sudarshan, chairperson, state Covid Technical Advisory Committee, mentioned there’s a transparent want for booster doses for HCWs. “If the state government involves frontline workers in contact tracing, then they must also be given booster doses,” he mentioned. Dr Sudarshan added all those that are susceptible, like HCWs, frontline staff and individuals with comorbidities, needs to be vaccinated.
“We have seen five doctors testing positive recently in our hospital. It has been over eight months since they were jabbed with two doses. The time has come for booster doses. In the UK, the government is giving booster doses three months after the second shot,” mentioned Dr CN Manjunath, director, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research.
According to Dr US Vishal Rao, member of state committee for complete genome sequencing, the immune system requires a reminder as soon as in six months to realign itself to the incoming potential invasion. That’s the rationale why the US, UK and different European international locations have began booster doses, he says. However, the worldwide inequality considerations Dr Rao. “Three doses are being administered per person in some countries and none or just one in some others. Booster doses should be used optimally by covering the most vulnerable like HCWs, frontline staff and senior citizens with comorbidities,” he opined.
“Detection of the Omicron variant in a doctor reiterates the need for booster doses for HCWs,” mentioned Dr Jagadish Hiremath, chairman of Aasra hospital, who feels each eligible Indian ought to get them..
Okay Anil Kumar, principal secretary, health and household welfare division, mentioned the central authorities has to take a name on the identical.