“None of the doctors who are talking about opting out are anti-vaccine. But they are questioning the lack of data. We feel that about 20% of beneficiaries could back out during the Phase I rollout,” said a source at Medical College Hospital Kolkata.
Currently, out of the vaccines that have got emergency-use approval in India, 6.9 lakh doses of Covishield have arrived in West Bengal for vaccination of around 6 lakh healthworkers.
“I am not at all anti-vaccine. I am hesitant because enough data to make an informed decision is not available from the government. Moreover, there is no announcement of compensation package from the government in case of serious adverse events,” said plastic surgeon Adhish Basu.
Beneficiaries to be vaccinated at each inoculation session sites are expected to be a mix of doctors, nurses, paramedics and other hospital support personnel randomly selected by the Co-WIN app.
“Getting vaccinated for Covid-19 is not mandatory. So, I have the right to refuse. Despite all the assurance of safety and efficacy, I feel more information should have been coming freely,” said a senior doctor of NRS Medical College.
“The Oxford vaccine has already been given emergency authorisation for use by other western countries as well. I will surely go ahead and take the vaccine if it is Covishield,” said Deb Kumar Roy, GI surgeon. “Given our economy and cold chain facilities these two vaccines are more realistic than those that need extreme cold chain maintenance. So, I will take the vaccine as and when I get my turn,” said Yogiraj Ray, infectious diseases specialist.