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Karnataka: Medicos in a bind as some colleges seek Covid-19 vaccine certificate | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The central government’s order directing Karnataka to stop healthcare (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) from registering for the Covid-19 vaccine has left a section of PG medicos in a huge quandary.
The reason, the central directive said, was doses were given to ineligible people, a claim which the state government has denied. However, those who have already registered can take the dose.
Many dental and medical college students who had not taken the shot, are now seeking the vaccine as some colleges are making vaccination certificates mandatory to attend classes.
“Earlier it was not mandatory, but now the college is not allowing students to attend classes if they are not vaccinated,” said a parent, whose medico daughter was barred from attending on-campus classes at Rajarajeshwari Dental College. “We requested college authorities for an employee certification letter, but hospitals are refusing to administer the vaccine on the basis of the letter.” The parent said hospitals are refusing to inoculate medicos, saying the drive is open only to those above 45 years of age.
Dr Rajakumar S Alle, principal, Rajarajeshwari Dental College, said: “It’s to encourage students to take the vaccine. If healthcare workers don’t get vaccinated, what message will it send to the general public? About 98% of our students and staffers have taken the vaccine. For those who haven’t been inoculated, we are issuing documents to get the shot elsewhere. These students can attend online classes till then.” He said vaccination is mandatory as protection is paramount.
Dr S Sacchidanand, vice-chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, said vaccination must be encouraged, but not mandated. “The government has not made vaccination compulsory. No college can disallow students from attending classes for lack of Covid vaccination,” he said.
No misuse
Meanwhile, Dr Arundhathi Chandrashekar, mission director, National Health Mission, Karnataka, insisted doses are not being misused.
State health and family welfare department data shows Karnataka has covered 79% of healthcare workers and 67% of frontline workers. “For the rest to avail the vaccine, an employee certificate must be uploaded during registration,” said Dr Chandrashekar. “Those who sign the certificate will be responsible.”

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