ITPC test for covid-19 at Rajiv Gandhi Hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday 12 January 2021 (Photo: Qamar sibtain/IANS). Image Source: IANS News

New Delhi, Jan 18 : Glitches in Co-WIN application and vaccine hesitancy continued to reign over the second day of the Covid-19 inoculation drive as the turnout remained shockingly low at many government hospitals of the national capital on Monday.

The Delhi State Cancer Institute (DSCI) confirmed that it vaccinated merely 19 people at the facility while the neighbouring Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (RGSSH) inoculated 20 people including healthcare staff, security guards and sanitation workers of the hospital.

Meanwhile, sources at Lok Nayak Hospital said that the inoculation count remained around 25 there.

Suresh Kumar, Medical Director of Lok Nayak Hospital, however, did not divulge the exact figures to IANS but said that the participation was less than the previous session.

The hospital had inoculated 32 people on the first day of the immunization drive.

Ajeet Jain, Medical Superintendent, RGSSH said that the vaccine hesitancy is still reigning supreme among their staff. We will conduct a large scale counselling session to combat it," he added.

Pragya Shukla, nodal officer of Covid immunization at DSCI, said that the hospital had to manually inform the beneficiaries since Co-WIN app failed to do so.

"The people scheduled for immunization today did not receive an alert from the app. We had to call everyone and request them to participate in the drive," she added.

Shukla also said that the institute received the list of beneficiaries registered themselves for immunization drive late from the area's district magistrate which led to further delay.

Besides, many beneficiaries featured in the list had already been inoculated the previous day, she added to the reasons for the low turnout at the centre.

However, Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital told IANS that it conducted immunization of 69 people at the centre, which is double the count of people who participated in the previous session there.

On Day 1, 31 people got the vaccine jabs at the centre.

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