Safety norms go for a toss at testing, vax centres

Safety norms go for a toss at testing, vax centres

Residents queue up at a registration counter for Covid-19 test in Amritsar on Thursday. photo: Vishal Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 20

Social distancing and Covid-safety norms are being compromised with as a large number of people are turning up at vaccination and testing centres amid surge in cases in the district.

Every day, a large number of people queue up outside the designated vaccination centres to get the Covid shots without realising that the queue soon turns into a crowd, posing health safety risks.

Health experts have clearly stated repeatedly that even a single or double vaccination does not ensure complete immunity from Covid-19, point here being that hue crowds at vaccination centres add to health risk.

Even at the testing centre at the Civil Hospital, social distancing is not practised as health authorities also fail to ensure mask discipline at the centres.

Though the health administration had recently decided to step up vigilance at the Civil Hospital to ensure the pandemic protocol was observed by visitors, the struggle to achieve the same continues. As testing in district paces up, the risk of infection rises at testing centres with lapses in Covid safety protocol.

Meanwhile, total vaccination count for Thursday remained 26,453, out of which 1,668 vaccinations were carried for children between 15-18 years of age. Despite closure, few government schools too have been organising vaccination camps in collaboration with health authorities to ensure that children get vaccinated. Health authorities have organised 735 vaccination camps till date at designated areas to pace up the vaccination drive.

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