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"No jab No pay" - Ujjain District Administrator

Ashish Singh, the district administrator of Ujjain Madhya Pradesh recently, issued an order for all the government employees. The order states that the government employees who fail to get immunized against the COVID-19 will not get the salary from next month. The wages for July will not be disbursed if the employee can not produce the certificate by the 31st of July.

Not only permanent employees but also daily wagers, and contractual employees, come under the umbrella of this current order. Different department heads are instructed to submit information about the vaccination of all the employees working under them.

The district treasury officer will be responsible for the whole process, from collecting vaccination certificates, assembling all information about the vaccinated employees, to paying out the salary. This step was taken after reviewing the deaths of government employees. It was found that most of the employees who died were not vaccinated.

Ujjain Municipal Corporation UMJ took this ' No vaccination, No pay ' principle even before the district collector passed the order. Ujjain Municipal Commissioner Kshitij Singhal took this stride as more than 30 percent of the employees are yet to take their first dose. As stated by him, vaccination of the employees is the most crucial task now as they are exposed to the deadly SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The first phase of the vaccination program was meant for the frontline health warriors, who are engaged in treating patients directly or indirectly. During the second phase of vaccination, which started in February, the entire workforce of the municipal corporation, was prioritized. But still, only 70 percent i.e., approximately 1600 workers, got their first jab or both of them.

Madhya Pradesh is not the only state to follow the 'no jab, no pay ' principle. Chief Secretary of Assam, Jishnu Barua, as the Chairperson of the State Disaster Management Authority, Assam issued a similar order for employees of departments like police, revenue, health, transport, disaster management, district administration, etc. Chandra Vijay Singh, District Magistrate of Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, also delivered an oral order of " No vaccination, no salary."

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has published Frequently Asked Questions on Covid-19. It declared, " Vaccination for Covid-19 is voluntary. However, it is advisable to receive the complete schedule of Covid-19 vaccine for protecting oneself against this disease and also to limit the spread of this disease to close contacts including family members, friends, relatives, and co-workers".

Abided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, all these similar orders of ' no vaccination no salary ' is defying the Central Government.

Such orders can only be made, on the assumption that the availability of vaccines is ensured for all on a non-discriminatory basis. The government has launched the ' free vaccine ' policy for all eligible ages. The vaccination process has taken up the pace as with the new vaccine decrees the federal government will buy 75 percent of the vaccine manufactured in the country, the rest 25 percent are for the private hospitals, previously half of the manufactured vaccines were meant for the federal government. From now on vaccines, for different states will be based on their population size, level of disease, vaccination program, and vaccine wastage.

After the new policy came into force, Madhya Pradesh topped the countries list by administering 11.2 lakh doses in a day. Seven thousand vaccination centers were set up across the state, transportation facilities were provided by local administration for elderly and differently-abled people.

But broadly speaking, only 25 crore people got the first dose while over five crore people were able to get both the dose. Compared to the total population of India, which is estimated to be 139 crores, these vaccinated numbers are very few. In a report, it is suggested that by 2021 only 30% of the population can be vaccinated.

It is defined that this vaccine is not for the prevention of infection but the disease. Recently Bharat Biotech published the report of phase III clinical trials of the vaccine. The data shows COVAXIN  has 77.8 percent efficiency, boosting immunity for a longer period. If this third dose of the vaccine gets approved, it will make the vaccination process longer.

It is still unclear whether a regular dose is required or not to boost our immunity continuously. There is also no clarity regarding the effectiveness of the vaccine against the new mutants. Several questions arise like, - will an individual be considered vaccinated if it is not effective against the latest virus variant? Will an individual be termed vaccinated after its effectiveness disappears?  What about the fake vaccination camps from different states which came to light recently? Many citizens fell into these traps. There may be several more still out there hiding from the eyes of the law.

In a hypothetical situation, an employee who fell into such a fake vaccination scam may unintentionally provide the fake certificate to the respective department to receive the salary. In another situation, an employee may intentionally submit a fake vaccination certificate to get the wage. People can get very low for money, and in this case, the employee is earning that money through hard work. In reality, if these types of scenarios arise, it will lead to a massive imbalance in the vaccination process, resulting in a rise in the infection rates.

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Good job... Keep it up 👍👍👍🤩

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