Suggestions welcome, says Centre on public health experts calling for revisiting COVID-19 vaccination norms
New Delhi: The Health Ministry today said it will be discussing the suggestion of re-prioritising the COVID-19 vaccination in India with the public health experts in the country.The experts from Indian Public Health Association (IPHA), Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) and Indian Association of Epidemiologists (IAE) said vaccinating the vulnerable and those at risk, instead of mass population-wide inoculation including children, should be the aim at present.Responding to a question of Mirror Now, Dr. VK Paul, Member Health (NITI AAYOG) said the Centre welcomes the suggestions."This is a report from a respectable group. We will discuss it with them. We welcome their suggestions... If there is more data, we can consider it. It is a dynamic process. Even abroad, views change, get refined. There is no hardcore ideological position," he added.A group of public health experts, including doctors from AIIMS and members from the national task force on COVID-19, have said that mass, indiscriminate and incomplete vaccination can trigger the emergence of mutant strains and recommended that there is no need to inoculate those who had documented coronavirus infection."We have many types of natural infections. In such a situation, if 70 percent of the people have an infection somewhere and it is found in the serosurvey that all have recovered, normalcy has come, then we should shift the vaccination to the place where the infection is less so that the infection does not increase there and people's lives could be saved," Dr Sanjay Rai, President, Indian Public Health Association told Mirror Now.One of the signatories, the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine said people should take full doses of vaccination should be taken, failing which either the virus will multiply or the virus will change."Vulnerable population needs to be kept ahead in the list as they are more prone to infection and mortality," Dr Sunila Garg, President, IAPSM.