The government has decided to discontinue COVID-19 vaccination on May 13, the date set for local-level elections.
The administration of vaccines through regular and additional centers will be suspended on that day, according to Ministry Spokesperson Dr Sangita Kaushal Mishra, due to potential operational difficulties.
Previously, the government intended to distribute COVID-19 vaccines at polling locations. According to the Ministry, it is necessary to mobilize health workers/professionals to handle vaccination centers said to be set up at polling stations, which appears difficult to do given that health workers must also exercise their franchise. “As a result, it is informed that vaccination programs will not be operational on Election Day.”
However, those in need are requested to visit regular vaccination centers before and after the election to receive their shots.
The Ministry has urged people to observe public health protocols in view of increasing infarction rates in neighbouring countries.