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People were turned away even after booking vaccine slots in Vizag


Amid the rising covid infections in coastal Andhra Pradesh, people are quite anxious about the availability of vaccines going by the delays witnessed in the past five days. In spite of registering beforehand and taking their slots for vaccination, many have been left in a fix after being repeatedly refused vaccination at certain government and private hospitals. Concerned officials of the hospitals have been citing server problems, holidays and other issues over the past few days.

According to the district health administration, besides the shortage of vaccines being a factor, the fresh stock that had arrived was diverted from the hospitals as per government order for use in ward secretariats. As a result, the general public above 45 and senior citizens could not be vaccinated on Wednesday.

Many people complained they had travelled all the way to the hospitals only to find that no vaccine would be administered. Most of them said that there was no prior intimation, either by SMS or call, about auto-cancellation after successful online registration on the government app for the time slots and designated vaccination centres.

Speaking to Hello Vizag, Chief Scientist at the National Institute of Oceanography GPS Murthy said “On Wednesday and Saturday, many of us had to return without being vaccinated from government and private hospitals in Vizag. All of them refused vaccination stating either a holiday or server problem. “Though we had made an appointment and booked our slot online, we have not received any communication for refusal for vaccination.”

Giving clarity on the issue, Medical Superintendent at Government Hospital for Chest and Communicable Diseases (GHCCD), Dr KVV Vijaya Kumar said, “On the first two days of Tika Utsav, there was no vaccine supply. As per the directives of the state government, general vaccination on the last day of Tika Utsav was stopped at all teaching hospitals and vaccines received had to be returned to the central store, to be sent to hundreds of gramma sachivalayams or ward secretariats for a special drive.”

Dr PV Sudhakar, Covid-19 nodal officer for north-coastal AP also said due to an exclusive vaccine drive for frontline workers on Saturday, there was some disruption in administering vaccines to the public.

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