The Indian Medical Association welcomes PM Modi’s decision on precautionary booster dose, paediatric vaccination

IMA hail the announcement of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the precautionary booster dose of vaccination for health care front line workers.
“It is the right step as the imminent third wave by the new variant of concern omicron is at our doorsteps and we need to protect our health care front line workers in all possible ways,” the association stated.
Building up immunity is good, and it is also necessary adequate manpower is created to augment manpower to face the third wave. IMA appreciates the efforts of the Government in creating the adequate infrastructure needed for this war.  The issue of expediting the PG counseling is the need of the hour to increase the manpower, infrastructure without manpower is a futile measure.
IMA also welcomes the much-awaited decision of vaccination for children up to 15 years from Jan 3rd, 2022. At this moment of reopening of schools, this will be the welcome step to bring additional safety to children. The vaccination process for children must be handled with much more care and constant monitoring and surveillance must be ensured.
The policy of additional dose with mixed match policy if adopted, the government should ensure availability of Covaxin in a larger level as majority of people has taken Covishield in the first two doses.
IMA assure continuous participation with all infrastructure and manpower to make sure vaccination reaches the last man of this country.

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