Indiscriminate, mass and incomplete vaccination can trigger emergence of mutant strains as informed by a group of public health experts which include doctors from AIIMS and members from the national taskforce on Covid-19. They recommended to not inoculate the patients that suffer from the coronavirus infection.
Vaccination for such patients could be done after gathering enough evidence that vaccine is effective after natural infection.
Experts from Indian Public Health Association (IPHA), Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) and Indian Association of Epidemiologists (IAE) in a report submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stated that it is more important to focus on vaccinating the vulnerable and those at risk, instead of the mass population and trying to inoculate them including children.
“Opening all fronts simultaneously will drain human and other resources and would be spreading it too thin to make an impact at the population level.” emphasized the health experts.
The experts further recommended that local level surveys at the end of the second wave should be conducted repeatedly so as to ensure safety and prevent further infection.