The government has found some instances of diversion from eligible beneficiaries to ineligible ones. Early April, the health ministry directed the Delhi government to take stringent action against some private covid vaccination centres (CVCs) where irregularities were found in identification of beneficiaries for covid-19 vaccination
The central government may restrict vaccine supplies to states showing high vaccine wastage as it suspects a large number of doses may be diverted by private hospitals to ineligible citizens, a top government official said.
“We have noticed that higher the per capita income of the state, the higher the wastage. It has come to the fore mostly after private hospitals were introduced into the vaccination programme. Wastage is higher in private hospitals than in public hospitals because they have a ready channel for the wastage. This is given to the below 45 years rich man who wants to get the vaccine. So, if wastage is actually 5%, it is shown as 15% and 10% is sold in the hospitals,” the official said under condition of anonymity.
Vaccine registrations for those aged 18-44 began on 28 April on the Co-WIN platform and Aarogya Setu app as the Centre allowed states to carry out their own inoculation programmes under the phase three vaccination drive.
“We have tried to make the Co-WIN platform free from any glitches. To prevent diversion of vaccines to non-eligible persons, Co-WIN was developed this way that it wouldn’t register a non-eligible beneficiary. It is extremely important to clearly identify person who is getting vaccinated and keep a digital record on who gets vaccinated by whom, when and which vaccine. If people still try to do such diversion, no system is fool-proof,” said R.S. Sharma, chairperson of the empowered group of covid vaccination.