Though Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday (April 9) claimed that so far 89 lakh health-care workers have got the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 54 lakh have even received the second jab, 37 doctors of Delhi-based Sir Ganga Ram Hospital were on April 8 tested corona positive.
According to reports most of the doctors have received both the doze of vaccine. The rest of them had got the first shot.
This is not the first case of vaccinated doctors falling to the pandemic.
In February last, a final year MBBS student of Patna-based Nalanda Medical College and Hospital died of corona a fortnight after getting the first shot.
It needs to be mentioned that 40 doctors of King George Medical University, Lucknow had tested positive on April 7. Almost all of them have been fully vaccinated.
This included the Vice Chancellor, Lt Gen (retd) Vipin Puri.
As more and more vaccinated doctors and other health workers are testing positive, people are being advised by the government to maintain social distancing, use sanitizer and wear mask.
But reports said that the doctors who fell ill were taking full care yet they could not avoid getting affected by the pandemic.
As most of the doctors and other health care workers are exposed to the patients and have to work in close air-conditioned environment they are bound to suffer even if they were mask, it is now being argued.
Incidentally, the second wave of COVID-19 came about a month after the vaccination campaign was launched in India on January 16. So far, about 10 crore people, mostly health workers and elderly people, have been vaccinated in India. But a majority of them have got only the first jab. Different state governments are now complaining that they have been facing serious shortage of the vaccine.