Bengaluru: No third chance for missed vaccination dates



Beneficiaries will be given only two chances if they can’t keep their date to get the covid vaccine

Two strikes and you’re out of the queue for this phase of the vaccination drive.

For beneficiaries who did not turn up to get vaccinated on the day of their scheduled appointment, the health officials say there won’t be a third chance.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad told Mirror, “We cannot conduct so many sessions for beneficiaries who don’t turn up. If that happens, we may not be able to complete the vaccination drive for health care professionals even for another six months.

BBMP had kept aside three days to complete the vaccination for frontline workers but with poor turnout that did not work out.

Over five days, the percentage of vaccinations done ranges between 55 and 63 per cent. One of the reasons for skipping the appointment for the vaccination according to Prasad is that many are still in the wait and watch mode. Other reasons are because some are travelling, some are on leave, some didn’t want to come on Sundays, a few are unwell, some mobile numbers are incorrect and hence the beneficiaries could not be informed about their appointment.

Some technical issues in CoWIN app are also causing a delay.

Sources said that if a person had missed multiple chances, then he/she would have to submit the details via CoWIN app and once again register for a second appointment. In addition, a reason will have to be provided as to why the first appointment was missed.

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At many hospitals, health workers were seen calling beneficiaries to come to the vaccination site for their inoculation. A health official told Mirror, “We have a list of beneficiaries with their phone numbers.

If they are not present to take the jab, we call them and ask them to report immediately so they don’t miss their appointment.”

Another official said, “We are also trying to understand why they did not keep their appointment. If it is a genuine reason, we try to help them get an alternate appointment. But if they’re hesitant to take the vaccine, then we can’t force them.”

The Centre has already said who should not take the vaccine – pregnant women, lactating mothers, persons with symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection, those who have received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma and who are acutely unwell and hospitalised. The Centre’s guidelines on contraindications include those persons with a history of anaphylactic or allergic reaction to a previous dose of covid vaccine or immediate or delayed onset of anaphylaxis or allergic reaction to vaccines or injectable therapies, pharmaceutical products and food items etc.



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