The government on Thursday ruled out universal COVID 19 immunization saying every vaccine does not need to be administered to everyone.
Answering questions on COVID vaccine efficacy and scale in the Lok Sabha today, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said each and everyone on the globe will not be given the COVID vaccine.
“Every vaccine does not require universal immunization. Priority groups for inoculation have been carefully and scientifically determined. Tomorrow this priority group will expand. The advice on who to inoculate is based on the opinions of experts and WHO guidelines. India’s National Expert Group on Vaccination is in touch with all scientific developments in this field. It is not necessary scientifically to give the vaccine to each and every person. The COVID vaccine is not going to be given to everyone on the globe. All things are based on scientific scrutiny and advice,” Vardhan said to a pointed query by NCP’s Supriya Sule on whether universal COVID immunization was being considered.
Answering a question by Ludhiana MP Ravneet Bittu, Vardhan said vaccines are safe and the COVID vaccine adverse events following immunization rate in India is a meagre 0.00432 per cent.