The federal government on Friday clarified that it has labored with states, union territories and improvement companions in the direction of mitigating unfavourable impacts of COVID-19, and was making efforts to make sure youngsters obtain life-saving vaccines beneath the Common Immunization Programme.
The clarification comes a day after UNICEF mentioned India has the very best variety of under-vaccinated or unvaccinated youngsters worldwide at 3.5 million.
In an announcement, the Well being Ministry, with out naming anybody, mentioned there have been some media reviews alleging that lakhs of Indian youngsters could have missed their routine vaccinations as a result of disruptions attributable to COVID-19, resulting in an elevated threat of future outbreaks and deaths.
“These reports are not based on facts and do not reflect the true picture,” the ministry mentioned.
It additional clarified that because the outbreak of the pandemic, the ministry has been targeted in the direction of sustaining important providers, together with immunisation beneath the Common Immunization Programme (UIP).
“The ministry along with all states and UTs and development partners, has worked towards mitigating negative impacts of COVID-19 and taking urgent actions to ensure that children receive life-saving vaccines under UIP,” the ministry mentioned.
Additional, because of the dedication of the federal government and the general public well being workforce, the nation has achieved 99 per cent DTP3 protection within the first quarter of 2021 (January-March) which is the very best DTP3 protection measured until date, it mentioned.
UNICEF had on Thursday mentioned that India – significantly arduous hit by the COVID-19 pandemic – had the very best variety of unprotected youngsters worldwide at 3.5 million, a rise of 1.4 million in contrast with 2019, when the variety of unprotected youngsters was 2.1 million.
Unprotected youngsters are those that are unvaccinated (no vaccine) or under-vaccinated (incomplete vaccination), that’s, any youngster who has not acquired any or few doses of their due vaccination.
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