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IMA Warns Of Possible Third COVID-19 Wave; Recommends Mass Vaccination Drive

New Delhi: Warning of a possible third wave, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday said the only way forward is vaccination. Among other things, it suggested that a mass COVID-19 vaccination drive be carried out to make India COVID-19 free.

“Only way forward is vaccination. If we’re not pushing for mass vaccination, it’s not safe to face the third wave that is bound to occur. Mass vaccination has to be done. Centre must procure maximum vaccines, decentralise and even to the level of the door to door vaccination,” IMA president Dr  J. A. Jayalal was quoted as saying by ANI, ZeeNews reported. Dr Jayalal added that India should expedite the process and within a few months, it should complete the target of 60-70% vaccination.

The IMA Chief also expressed concern over the long gap of six months for people recovering from COVID-19 to get vaccinated. “There’s conflict as to when should people recovering from COVID-19 get vaccinated. Making them wait for six months is a threat for them, exposing them to the virus,” Jayalal was quoted as saying

He said to make COVID-19 free India in the near future, the Government should reconsider it with scientific evidence and come out with the objective that everyone in this country should get vaccinated at the earliest.