Covid hits Pb immunisation drive, leaves kids in danger

Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 30

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the child immunisation programme in Punjab. Children up to 6 years of age could not receive scheduled doses of vaccines, particularly during the lockdown period.

One-year-old Navneet Kaur of Harbans Colony in Samana is among hundreds others who could not be immunised against various diseases in a timely manner. Her parents kept postponing the vaccination as they feared their family could contract Covid if they visited hospital.

Her mother Sharanjeet Kaur said: “After a delay of over six months, we finally gathered courage to take Navneet to a health centre today and got her two doses of Pentavalent.” Pentavalent protects children against five major diseases.

Dr Harshinder Kaur, paediatrician, Rajindra Hospital, admitted that the pandemic had severely affected the immunisation drive.

An official said: “Health workers were busy in contact tracing of Covid patients, which took toll on the vaccination programme.” Dr Balwinder Kaur, Immunisation Officer, claimed they had been successful in meeting the target after the restrictions were eased.

Don’t jump schedule, caution med experts

  • Children up to 6 years of age could not receive doses of vaccines on time: Officials
  • Their parents kept postponing vaccination out of fear of contracting the virus
  • According to experts, the efficiency of vaccines gets affected, if not given on time

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