On December 7, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), requested the Government to declare “additional” doses of COVID vaccine for healthcare, frontline workers, and individuals who are asymptomatic and null, citing the concerns over Omicron, 21 cases of which have been detected in India till now.
The IMA also called for the government to speed up the proposal of vaccinating the residents from 12 to 18 years of age.
Prevalence of the new COVID variant:
The doctors during a press conference stated that cases of the latest variant of coronavirus were reported from a number of major states of India, and the tally, which is in two-fold figure and is likely to increase drastically.
According to the IMA, after rapid researches by scientists in the country of its origin, the fact that the Omicron variant will have high penetrability and will affect more people is perceivable.
The medical body said, “At a time when India is limping back to normalcy, this is a great setback. If we do not take adequate measures, we may have a massive third wave.”
The body also claimed that as India has already completed 1.26 billion COVID vaccinations, with over 50 percent of the adult population vaccinated at least with one dose, it is less likely for the people to get the virus.
It further said, “So, if we can altruistically be focused on vaccination, India can definitely overcome the impact of Omicron. IMA earnestly appeals to everyone concerned to take the vaccination as priority agenda and focus attention to reach all the unreached and also ensuring the second dose is given to all the needy.” “At this juncture, IMA also appeals to the government to officially announce additional dose (of vaccine) be given to healthcare, frontline workers and immunocompromised individuals to augment the immunity,” the doctors,” it added.