On January 16 2021, the COVID-19 vaccination started in India. The Indian government announced the India vaccination drive for all citizens above the age of 45 in its first phase. Starting from May 1 2021, the government announced the second phase of the vaccination drive, where any citizen above the age of 18 could register online and get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Indian government hoped to vaccinate over 300 million citizens by August 2021, but India is expected to complete 100% vaccination over a period of three years at the present rate of vaccination. This clearly shows that the government of India vaccination schedule is way behind its preliminary goals.
The first phase of the Indian COVID-19 vaccination drive got off to a good start. But as time progressed, the mismanagement, lack of planning and vaccine shortage started to raise their ugly heads. The long queues at the vaccination centres and unavailability of vaccine led to the closure of many vaccination centres around the country.
The growing disappointment in the citizens over shortage of vaccine and standing in long queues over a long period were some of the primary reasons for the steady decline in the rate of vaccination in India. The cherry on top was when the crashing of the official CoWin website for several days caused youngsters not be able to register for the COVID-19 vaccine.
To add fuel to the fire, the centre and state government having different policies for the vaccination process caused more disarray for the general public. The situation is not showing any sign of improvement as the Indian vaccination drive is about to cross six months. The shortage of vaccine and the lack of second dose vaccinations are still plaguing our vaccination drive. Only time will tell about the success of the Indian vaccination drive in fulfilling its preliminary and eventual goals.