There has been a drop of almost 40% throughout Apollo Hospitals from early January to now, an govt instructed ET.
“The average daily vaccination rate has markedly come down in the country. This has probably occurred because of the general feeling that the risk of getting severely ill has passed. This is partly because of the high seroprevalence rate with good acceptance of the initial vaccination drive coupled with the low severity and mortality rate seen with the Omicron variant, However, this is a disturbing trend especially at the times that many states may be going to polls, said Sanjith Saseedharan, Consultant & Head Critical CareSL Raheja Hospital, Mahim-A Fortis Associate.
“Operational challenges and vaccine hesitancy rank highest within the causes for the decrease vaccination numbers,” he said.
Max Healthcare is also seeing a gradual decline in vaccination since the third week of January. “Since then until February 4, the numbers have dipped by 59%,” spokesperson, Max healthcare said.
The numbers had jumped by 88% in the week of January 8 to 14 as compared with numbers in the first week of January 2022, after the government allowed pediatric vaccination (15-18 years) and precautionary doses for healthcare workers and senior citizens.
Hospital executives say that they have limited stocks left and have stopped placing fresh orders following a drastic slide in demand.
Doctors say that a proportion of India’s population believes that vaccines are not effective, required, and have serious side effects, which could be one of the reasons for drop in vaccination.
“Hence you will need to fill the misinformation or data deficits by emphasizing that vaccines are rigorously examined for security and have been confirmed as one of the best ways to restrict the unfold of the virus. Unvaccinated people must also be warned that they might act as carriers and preserve spreading the virus to their close to and expensive ones, therefore particular person vaccination is an urgency and duty,” added Saseedharan.