IMA appeals to PM Narendra Modi about vaccination drive for all above 18

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With the rising Covid-19 cases amid the anticipated second wave of the pandemic, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday for initiating the vaccination process for all above the age of 18 years.

IMA said, “At present, we are vaccinating the population above 45 years, In view of the rapid spread of the second wave of the disease, we suggest that our vaccination strategy needs to be geared up with immediate effect on war front. We request the following suggestions in the Covid vaccination drive. All citizens above 18 years of age shall be permitted to receive Covid vaccination.”

IMA also asked for the private sector family clinics to be included actively with their participation in the vaccination drive as the private hospitals, which will increase the availability of vaccination with the doctors and family physicians and bring a positive impact on the ongoing vaccination drive.

As per the recommendations of IMA, the vaccination certificate can be made a compulsory thing for permit to the public premises and to procure the products under the public distribution system. IMA iterated about the acute spurt of Coronavirus and for breaking the transmission chain, continuous lockdown for limited periods can be imposed for the non-essential areas like cinema, cultural and religious events, sports and other such related events.

IMA’s letter further added, “Zero tolerance against the non-compliance of Covid appropriate behaviours, augmentation of infrastructure beds and oxygen availability, moral support and enthusiastic engagements of frontline health workers, ensuring adequate health care protective gears support and strict adherence to the evidence-based treatment protocols are the key factors needed at this moment.”

(With agency inputs)

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