HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The massive gap between administering both the doses have instigated the govt to set up a vaccination drive
  • Earlier on October, the Centre has written to the state to prioritize the issue
  • A health department official has pointed out several issues including inoculations by outsiders as the main reason for the misadministration

West Bengal remains in the centre of qualms with at least 1.8 million people not taking the second dose of Covishiled or Covaxin, in spite of the prescribed interval between the two doses being over. This has compelled the state government to proceed with a vaccination drive to do away with the superfluous gap.

An official has stated, “Till date at least 1,809,884 people in West Bengal haven’t taken their second dose on time. The maximum number of such cases has been reported from Alipurduar district in north Bengal where around 218,000 doses are overdue followed by 140,000 cases in Hooghly district. In Kolkata, around 108,451 people have not taken their second dose.”

Earlier in October, several states including West Bengal were advised by the Centre, to give sufficient priority on the second dose of the Covi-19 vaccine. They have also highlighted the negligence in administering the second dose.

The official has further said, “We have stepped up the drive to administer the second dose. On November 16, while the number of first doses given was 241,568, the number of second doses given was 290,145. In October, the number of overdue cases was more than 3.2 million, which has come down now.”

The health department official has pointed out several possible reasons for the misadministration in providing the second dose. According to him, several Central security people who were sent to West Bengal for election duty, must have taken their first dose in the state and then left. There were other possibilities which included the death of the recipient of the first dose. West Bengal has recorded at least 800 fresh Covid cases.

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