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Jaipur: Not enough people turning up for vaccination in Rajasthan, say hospital authorities

The coronavirus vaccination is currently in its third phase in Rajasthan during which people above the age group of 45 are being vaccinated.

India Today spoke to several hospital authorities in Rajasthan about how the vaccination process was going on. However, several authorities lamented that not enough people were turning up for coronavirus vaccination.

“The process of vaccination is currently on but not enough people are turning up. Perhaps, it is due to fear, lack of awareness or some other reasons but not enough people are turning up,” Dr. Pradeep Sharma, Owner, Jaipur Hospital said India Today.

The authorities attributed the number of people turning up for coronavirus vaccination as lesser than what was anticipated to fear factor or to lack of awareness.

“At least 70% people are required to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. Until that happens, herd immunitu will not happen. Since February onwards, people have been indulging in behaviour which is not Covid appropriate, like not wearing masks, or not maintaining adequate social distancing and that is why we have seen a spike in coronavirus cases. We have been getting adequate supply of coronavirus vaccine but not enough people are turning up,” Dr Sharma said.

The Ashok Gehlot-led government in Rajasthan had ordered that private hospitals with 60 or more beds, will have to reserve 25 per cent of the beds for Covid19 patients from April 9. 25 percent of the beds in ICUs will also have to be reserved for Covid19 patients.

Earlier, as per the government order issued on April 2, 10 per cent of the beds had to be reserved for Covid19 patients in case of private hospitals with 60 or more beds.

“I have got my second dose of coronavirus vaccine. Other people should also come up and not worry anything,” a person at the Jaipur hospital said.

“I have no side effects. I got the second dose of the vaccine. Others should also turn up,” another person stated.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure the commencement of coronavirus vaccination process for people above the age of 18. India Today

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