Top Congressman P Chidambaram said on Saturday it appeared the government was stumbling again on the Covid vaccination program and that its “failures”, including the ban on booster injections, would cause ” immense damage “to the population.
Congress has criticized the government’s vaccine strategy and demanded that vaccinations be sped up and boosters provided to prevent another wave of coronavirus.
It seems that the government is stumbling again on the vaccination program, said P Chidambaram.
The initial decision to prescribe an interval of 12 to 16 weeks between the first and second dose of vaccination was wrong, he said.
It was taken obviously because there was a shortage of supplies, added the former Union minister.
“This decision prevails today even after we have millions of unused doses. The decision to maintain the previous bad decision is doubly wrong,” Chidambaram said.
The government’s failure to increase the percentage of the adult population that received the second dose (currently 50%) is another serious failure, he said.
The third “bad” is not allowing a recall for those who are vulnerable like frontline health workers, Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.
Taken together, these three “serious failures” will cause immense harm to the people, he said.
There are growing concerns about the spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the country.