Health Ministry has clarified that it has focused on ensuring children receive life-saving vaccines under Universal Immunization Programme during COVID pandemic.
It said that media reports alleging that lakhs of Indian children may have missed their routine vaccinations due to disruptions caused by COVID-19 are not based on facts.
The Ministry has said that India has achieved 99 per cent DTP3 coverage in the first quarter of this year which is the highest DTP3 coverage measured till date.
A number of steps have been taken to mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19 on vaccination services.
A national guideline to safely continue immunisation services during the COVID-19 pandemic including polio Supplementary Immunisation Activities has been developed. In order to identify reasons for missed
vaccine doses, monitoring and supervision is being done by state and district task forces for prompt corrective action. Intensified Immunisation Drive under Intensified Mission Indradhanush was conducted in 250 high risk districts. In this drive, more than 9 lakh 50 thousand children and 2 lakh 24 thousand pregnant women were
vaccinated. One national immunisation round and two sub-national rounds have also been conducted to maintain high population immunity against polio.