Amid slow start to vax run, first round goes to private hospitals


In the last three scheduled rounds, a random sample of five major government and private hospitals where mass vaccination against Covid-19 was carried out illustrates a peculiar trend: the turnout of health care staff in private hospitals is much higher than in government institutions.

For example, only 79 healthcare workers were vaccinated in three days at Lok Nayak Hospital, operated by the Delhi government. 163 individuals were inoculated by AIIMS, which works under the central government. By contrast, at Apollo Indraprastha Hospitals and Max Hospital, Saket, 245 and 244 individuals were present for the jab, respectively. In several other hospitals, a similar pattern has also been observed.

Among healthcare staff, there is vaccine hesitancy,’ explained a doctor at Lok Nayak Hospital. “Before taking the plunge, many of them want to wait and watch.” He added that the glitches in the CoWin app and the lack of versatility needed to include a recipient instead of someone who is not willing to receive the shot, an anomaly that has now been resolved, also contributed to low turnout.

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