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COVID-19 vaccination strategies and policies in India: The need for further re-evaluation is a pressing priority.
Int J Health Plann Manage. 2022 May; 37(3):1847-1850.IJ

Abstract

India is one of the worst-hit nations by the COVID-19 pandemic and witnessed a devastating impact across cities in the country. Although behavioral measures like wearing a face mask, maintaining social distance, and hand hygiene helped to control the spread of the disease initially, but a long-term action by vaccinating the population is a promising solution. On 16 January 2021, India undertook the challenge to vaccinate 300 million people by August 2021 against COVID-19, the largest vaccination campaign globally. India has been lauded by several prominent organizations around the world for its efforts. But catering to India's massive population is not without its own set of complex challenges. As of 29 July 2021, a mere 9.82 million (approximately 7.03 percent of the total Indian population) people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the first and second dose, and only 352.5 million (roughly 25.28 percent of the total Indian population) have been partly vaccinated with the first dose. This shows, India's current COVID-19 vaccination policies and plans are still inadequate and not undisputedly equitable even after several amendments in the guidelines. However, even with the second wave abating slowly and steadily in India, there is a need to further re-strategize the current vaccination policy and plans in India against COVID-19 to help achieve long-term positive outcomes in the shortest feasible time frame hoping to evade a third wave.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Life Science, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Tangail, Bangladesh.Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health And Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, India.Kabul University of Medical Sciences, Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Letter

Language

eng

PubMed ID

34510541

Citation

Rackimuthu, Sudhan, et al. "COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies and Policies in India: the Need for Further Re-evaluation Is a Pressing Priority." The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, vol. 37, no. 3, 2022, pp. 1847-1850.
Rackimuthu S, Hasan MM, Bardhan M, et al. COVID-19 vaccination strategies and policies in India: The need for further re-evaluation is a pressing priority. Int J Health Plann Manage. 2022;37(3):1847-1850.
Rackimuthu, S., Hasan, M. M., Bardhan, M., & Essar, M. Y. (2022). COVID-19 vaccination strategies and policies in India: The need for further re-evaluation is a pressing priority. The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 37(3), 1847-1850. https://doi.org/10.1002/hpm.3321
Rackimuthu S, et al. COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies and Policies in India: the Need for Further Re-evaluation Is a Pressing Priority. Int J Health Plann Manage. 2022;37(3):1847-1850. PubMed PMID: 34510541.
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TY - JOUR T1 - COVID-19 vaccination strategies and policies in India: The need for further re-evaluation is a pressing priority. AU - Rackimuthu,Sudhan, AU - Hasan,Mohammad Mehedi, AU - Bardhan,Mainak, AU - Essar,Mohammad Yasir, Y1 - 2021/09/12/ PY - 2021/08/08/received PY - 2021/08/23/accepted PY - 2021/9/13/pubmed PY - 2022/5/18/medline PY - 2021/9/12/entrez KW - COVID-19 KW - India KW - vaccination policy SP - 1847 EP - 1850 JF - The International journal of health planning and management JO - Int J Health Plann Manage VL - 37 IS - 3 N2 - India is one of the worst-hit nations by the COVID-19 pandemic and witnessed a devastating impact across cities in the country. Although behavioral measures like wearing a face mask, maintaining social distance, and hand hygiene helped to control the spread of the disease initially, but a long-term action by vaccinating the population is a promising solution. On 16 January 2021, India undertook the challenge to vaccinate 300 million people by August 2021 against COVID-19, the largest vaccination campaign globally. India has been lauded by several prominent organizations around the world for its efforts. But catering to India's massive population is not without its own set of complex challenges. As of 29 July 2021, a mere 9.82 million (approximately 7.03 percent of the total Indian population) people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the first and second dose, and only 352.5 million (roughly 25.28 percent of the total Indian population) have been partly vaccinated with the first dose. This shows, India's current COVID-19 vaccination policies and plans are still inadequate and not undisputedly equitable even after several amendments in the guidelines. However, even with the second wave abating slowly and steadily in India, there is a need to further re-strategize the current vaccination policy and plans in India against COVID-19 to help achieve long-term positive outcomes in the shortest feasible time frame hoping to evade a third wave. SN - 1099-1751 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/34510541/COVID_19_vaccination_strategies_and_policies_in_India:_The_need_for_further_re_evaluation_is_a_pressing_priority_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/hpm.3321 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -