Letter from the Editor: January 16, 2022

We had hoped that by 2022, we would have said goodbye to COVID-19, but it looks like the teeny-weeny virus has other plans for us.

While we need to keep our guard up and be careful of whom we meet, where we go and what we do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the question that a lot of people are asking is, should the government now make vaccination compulsory?

In many metros and in some states, one cannot enter a mall, restaurant or cinema hall if one is not double vaccinated. This step has been taken by the government to ensure the virus doesn’t spread at a rampant pace.

Like last year, the government is expecting a peak in infections in March and has already issued notices to hospitals and frontline workers to get ready to face the third wave. Apart from providing vaccines and ensuring that they are available across the country, can the government do more?

It’s been more than a year that India has started vaccinations for adults and it has now even rolled out boosters for adults and vaccines for children. Still, many adults haven’t taken their vaccine. What are your thoughts on this? Should the Indian government make vaccinations compulsory? 

Some Interesting Facts

  • According to Reuters, at least 202 countries have started vaccinating against COVID-19.
  • Among countries with more than 1 million people, Bangladesh is currently vaccinating faster than any other country—a daily average of 2,053 doses per 1,00,000 people. 

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