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As many as 20 instances of healthcare workers refusing Covid vaccine has been reported in Bengaluru
Many workers harbour doubts over the safety and efficacy of Covid vaccines and are hesitant to take it
Bengaluru: Many healthcare workers in Bengaluru are either refusing or faking getting Covid-19 vaccine, said Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials on Friday. The state capital’s municipal body stated that as many as 20 cases have been reported where the healthcare workers have not taken the vaccine but claimed to have.
According to reports, the healthcare workers in Bengaluru are doubtful over the safety and efficacy of the Covid vaccine and hesitant to take it. On the first day of the vaccination drive, Karnataka’s capital city saw 350 of the 475 targeted workers turn up for the jabs, but the numbers have dropped significantly since.
Increasing reports of vaccine recipients developing adverse side effects and technical glitches with the CoWin app have only further increased the problems.
While speaking to media, a BBMP official said, “One medical officer said he did not trust the vaccine and did not want it, so he instructed the nurse to hold a small ball of cotton to his arm to make it look like he took the jab.”
It should be noted that 30,000 beneficiaries were vaccinated on Thursday alone but it included a number of fake cases. This has been reported despite healthcare workers having the freedom to say no to the vaccine.
“If a health worker fakes taking the vaccine, their name will be marked as partially complete in the list. Even if they come around and take the second dose, it may not be effective. They will be the losers,” said another BBMP official.
1.39 lakh people inoculated in Karnataka: Health Minister
As many as 1.39 lakh people have been inoculated in Karnataka and some did have side-effects but there was no casualty, state Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Friday.
Covishield has been administered to 1.37 lakh and Covaxin to 1,774.
“Somewhere between two per cent and 3.5 per cent of the people have developed some sort of side-effects,” a statement quoting the Minister said.
He further said 8,47,908 lakh people have registered for vaccination in the first phase, out of which 3,27,201 were government health workers and 4,45,389 private workers.
Sudhakar said the state would get another 1,46,240 doses of Covaxin soon.
Stating that some people hesitate in taking the vaccine due to rumours, he insisted upon the public not to pay heed to them. The vaccine keeps the infection away, he said.
He said the government has a big challenge of vaccinating between 1.5 crore and two crore people in the state.