Dr Sanjay K., Senior Epidemiologist at AIIMS and Principal Investigator of Covaccine Vaccine Trials on Adults and Children. Rai said that before implementing the decision to vaccinate adolescents, the data of countries that have started immunization of children should be analyzed.
New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) senior epidemiologist Dr Sanjay K. Terming the central government’s decision to vaccinate children with anti-Covid vaccine as ‘unscientific’, Rai said that it will not bring any additional benefit.
Rai, principal investigator of the trials of ‘Covaccine’ vaccine on adults and children at AIIMS and president of ‘Indian Public Health Association’, said that before implementing this decision, the data of countries that have started immunization of children should also be analyzed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation on Saturday night, had announced that the anti-Covid-19 vaccination of children in the age group of 15 to 18 years would be started from January 3.
This step is expected to reduce the worries of school and college going students and their parents and strengthen them in fighting the pandemic and help in bringing education back on track in schools.
Tagging the Prime Minister’s Office, Rai tweeted, ‘I am a big admirer of PM Modi for selfless service to the nation and taking right decisions at right time. But I am completely disappointed by his unscientific decision to vaccinate children.
I am a great fan of PM Modi for his selfless service to nation and taking right decisions at right time. But I am completely disappointed with his unscientific decision on children vaccination.
— Dr. Sanjay K Rai (@drsanjaykrai) December 25, 2021
Clarifying his point of view, he said that the purpose of any decision should be clear. Rai said that the purpose of vaccination is either to prevent corona virus infection or to prevent severity or death.
Rai told news agency PTI, ‘But according to the information we have about vaccines, they are unable to bring a significant reduction in cases of infection. In some countries, people are getting infected even after taking a booster dose. Apart from this, 50,000 cases of infection are being reported daily in the UK even after being vaccinated. Therefore it is proved that vaccination is not preventing corona virus infection, but vaccines are effective in preventing the severity of infection and death.
He said that the mortality rate due to COVID-19 among the susceptible population is around 1.5 per cent, which means 15,000 deaths per 10 lakh population.
Rai said, ‘Through vaccination, we can prevent 80-90 per cent of these deaths, which means 13,000 to 14,000 deaths per million (population) can be prevented.’
He said that the cases of adverse effects after vaccination are between 10 to 15 per million population.
“So, if you analyze the risks and benefits of these among adults, it’s a big advantage,” Rai said.
In the case of children, the severity of infection is very low and according to publicly available data, only two deaths per 10 lakh population have been reported, he said.
Rai said, “In this section (children), 15,000 (people) are not dying and also taking into account the adverse effects, if you analyze the risks and benefits, based on the available data, the risks outweigh the benefits,” Rai said. The matter comes to the fore.
“Both objectives are not being fulfilled by introducing immunization of children,” he said.
Rai said that some countries, including the US, started vaccinating children four-five months ago and the data of these countries should be analyzed before starting the COVID vaccination of children.
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