Wrong numbers, missing names hit vaccine rollout in Karnataka | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Although they had registered for the vaccine months ago, many medical and nursing students in Karnataka have missed receiving the jab over the past two days – and not entirely for faults of theirs.
For some Nimhans medicos, phone numbers provided at the time of registering were that of their parents living in other states. Since the messages sent out were in Kannada, the recipients could not understand them.
“When we sent the list of beneficiaries to state authorities, we provided phone numbers given by the students at the time of their admission,” said officials in charge of the Covid vaccination programme at Nimhans. “At that time, in many cases, students provided phone numbers of their parents living in other states. When they got the messages, they could not make sense of it, which is why some students could not receive the first dose.”
The list of who gets the vaccine is decided not by the institute, but by the state health department and hence one has to depend on messages from the CoWIN app. While this is not exactly a glitch with the app, Nimhans medicos say many would have benefited if the messages were in English.
“We are trying our best to reach those numbers and inform students’ parents to watch for messages from the CoWIN app,” said Dr Shashidhara HN, resident medical officer, Nimhans and nodal officer for the Covid-19 vaccination at the centre. “Our staffers are talking to parents in their mother tongue. In addition, we are also asking all heads of departments to inform their students about the vaccination drive.”
Vaccinators at Nimhans had planned to inoculate 1,000 beneficiaries each on Wednesday and Thursday, but only 650 and 645 healthcare workers respectively took the vaccine.
In the case of a private college in RR Nagar, hundreds of messages went to the principal instead of individually to its nursing students. “Students are learning about their vaccination schedule when they enter the classroom in the morning,” said a BBMP medical officer. “They are being told that they need parent’s consent in order to get the vaccine. Not all of them turned up because of consent issues.”
Though government guidelines do not stipulate consent from parents, some nursing colleges are seeking permission from parents. Managements of these colleges say they are responsible for the safety of students and therefore are seeking express consent.
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Dr Ravindra Reddy, professor, community medicine, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre and nodal officer of Covid vaccination programme, said names of some beneficiaries are missing in the CoWIN app despite prior registration.
“We registered 3,200 names and over 50% of them got the first dose,” said Dr Reddy. “The turnout would have been higher if not for glitches with CoWIN. While some names are duplicated, some names are missing. We have brought these issues to the notice of BBMP officials.”
In some cases, Dr Reddy said, phone numbers have been matched with the wrong beneficiaries on the CoWIN portal which has been another hurdle. Yet, in some healthcare centres, the vaccine drive has gone smoothly.
“BBMP is coordinating very well. Messages are being received from the portal before and after vaccination. We have not faced any glitches,” said Dr Ajit Benedict Ryan, vice-president, Hosmat Hospitals. “Close to 51% of targeted beneficiaries have been vaccinated so far.” Many nursing and para medical students from the hospital had also registered for the vaccine. Of 350 staffers, 180 have taken the vaccine so far.



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