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MCCIA warns about low vaccination rate, urges all companies to get workforce inoculated

While the second wave of Covid-19 infections and the high mortality rate had led to a mad rush for vaccines, the enthusiasm about getting the dose has waned as the wave abated.

Written by Parthasarathi Biswas | Pune |
Updated: July 31, 2021 8:58:57 pm
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Concerned over vaccine hesitancy, the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) has urged all companies to speed up the drive to vaccinate their workers against Covid-19. While bigger companies in Pune district have managed to get the majority of their workforce vaccinated, smaller and micro units still lag behind.

Sudhir Mehta, president of MCCIA, said the pace of vaccination has slowed down, as evident by the apparent reduction in numbers. The problem of low vaccination level was more evident in small and micro companies.

“There is a general fatigue among people about vaccination… also, around 20-25 per cent of population seem to be hesitant to take the vaccine,” he said.

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While the second wave of Covid-19 infections and the high mortality rate had led to a mad rush for vaccines, the enthusiasm about getting the dose has waned as the wave abated.

Mehta said the present window should be used by all to get their workforce vaccinated as soon as possible. He pointed out that vaccines have been proved to the only shield against the disease taking a fatal turn. “What we need to do now is to ensure that the maximum number of people get their dose, and companies take the initiative and get their workforce vaccinated,” he said.

The real estate sector, which is also a major employment generator, should take steps to ensure its members are vaccinated, said Mehta.

Even universities should take an initiative for mass vaccination, he said. “I have been talking to them personally and asking them to get their students at least the first dose. If that is not done, then this academic year will also be a washout,” he said.

Universities should aim to get most of their students vaccinated by the end of August so that regular classes can start after that, said Mehta.

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