West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked questions on Monday about the effectiveness of the two COVID-19 vaccines the Center decided to use during the nationwide immunization campaign and asked why states had failed not the possibility to choose between the two.
During a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and key ministers from various states on the immunization process starting Jan. 16, Ms. Banerjee asked whether or not states should purchase the vaccines for people other than those from the priority category like health and others. frontline workers.
According to an official statement, she also asked if “adequate scientific confirmation was available in support of the two vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) which are currently being offered by the Indian government”.
Ms. Banerjee said that “States have not had the option of choosing or procuring between the two vaccines and the Indian government has made a specific decision in favor of both vaccines.”
She said that adequate scientific advice should be obtained before confirming the effectiveness of the two vaccines and asked for clarification on whether there were any side effects of the vaccines.
Later, it was assured by Professor (Dr) Vinod K Paul, member of Niti Aayog, that the two vaccines are “completely safe on the basis of scientific evidence” and that there are no reports of effects. serious secondary.
The chief minister also applied for “frontline worker” status for transport workers and said authorities should provide them with the COVID-19 vaccine.
During the meeting, she assured the prime minister that the state government was fully prepared for the immunization exercise and that various committees had been formed to manage the process, the statement said.
She also informed PM Modi that the state had prepared adequate storage capacity for the vaccine and that all 941 cold chain points had been thoroughly inspected.
The chief minister said the state had identified 44,000 vaccinators and more than 4,000 vaccination sites across West Bengal for the first phase of the exercise.
At least 5.8 lakh from government and private health workers have been recruited for the first phase and all data has been uploaded to the Co-WIN portal, an online platform to monitor the administration of the COVID-vaccine. 19, she said.