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Sunday, 24 January 2021

Campaign to counter vaccine hesitancy at PGIMS

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, January 23

An awareness session was organised at Rohtak PGIMS today to motivate the institute staffers to participate in the anti-Covid vaccination drive being run since Monday.

Medical experts dispelled the misconceptions associated with the vaccines and answered queries of the staff pertaining to their apprehensions in this regard.

It may be pertinent to mention here that a majority of healthcare workers serving at the PGIMS have not turned up for getting the vaccine, made available at three centres on the premises of the institute.

As per official sources, vaccines are being given four times a week and out of 1,365 members supposed to get inoculated in the first week only 129 got it.

"Misinformation about the vaccines is being peddled on social media platforms as well as a section of electronic media, which has led to such apprehensions. Vaccination is must as another wave of Covid cannot be ruled out," asserted Dr Dhruva Chaudhry, Senior Professor and Head of the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at PGIMS and State Nodal Officer for Covid-19.

Dr RB Jain, Nodal Officer for Covid-19 vaccination at the PGIMS, admitted that the turnout was low, which indicated that the employees were apprehensive that the vaccine might cause side-effects.

He asserted that no major side-effects of the vaccine had been observed and the health workers should come forward to get the vaccine. He expressed hope that the number of persons turning up for getting the vaccine would increase in the coming days.

Sources point out that the diminishing number of Covid cases as well as fatalities in the recent past may have led people to think that the vaccine was not required.

from The Tribune

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