Reviewing vaccination strategy

13 DEC,2021 | MEDC


 

The emergence of the Omicron variant is a grim reminder that not only is Covid continuing, but that our entire vaccination programme needs a serious review. The government needs to re-examine and tweak it to accommodate the new realities. Countries across the world have responded to Omicron by expanding access to booster shots. That may not be a viable strategy in India as only about half of the country's total population has to date been fully vaccinated. However, the final decision should be left to scientists. If research determines that mixing and matching vaccines provides the best protection from variants, the government should immediately begin negotiations with additional vaccine providers, both within India and abroad. A third shot for the immunocompromised or elderly could also be considered if supply constraints are not binding. Whichever way we go about it, the best attitude that policymakers can now adopt is that of a healthy scepticism.

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