India’s Ministry of Health has recommended that states improve second dose coverage of COVID-19 vaccination among health care workers and frontline workers.

According to multiple news reports, in a meeting on Thursday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan emphasized the lack of coverage among the group, reportedly calling it “a cause for serious concern”.

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reported an outlet First dose administration among healthcare workers fell to an 82% national average, while second dose administration fell to 56%. At least half a dozen states fell below the national average.

Meanwhile, first dose coverage for frontline workers stood at 85%, with second dose coverage dropping to 47%. About 20 states reported below the national average of second dose administration.

Private sector hospitals in some states were blamed for low coverage. However, the shortfall in vaccination adds up even more; Reuters reported That more men in India have received vaccination, with inequalities affecting vaccination in rural areas as well. Citing government figures, the outlet found nearly 101 million men vaccinated, or 17% more than women. Men were said to account for 54% of all vaccinated people.

The news comes that the coronavirus variant, first identified in India, was linked to 6% of infections in the US, and has become the dominant strain in the UK. The so-called delta version, also known as B.1.617.2, is believed to be the original strain that Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical advisor, said during a White House briefing earlier this week Spreads more easily in comparison, and may pose a greater risk of hospitalization.

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preliminary findings Public Health England indicates that two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer’s vaccine, it had an 88% effectiveness against the delta variant. Three weeks after a single dose, vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca were 33% effective against symptomatic disease caused by the delta variant, underscoring the importance of a second dose, Fauci said.

In England, the highly transmissible B.1.1.7 strain has given way to a variant first identified in India.

“We cannot allow this to happen in the United States,” Fauci said, emphasizing the need to complete the vaccination chain. “For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet, please get vaccinated.”