This is not the case only in West Bengal, but everywhere. In fact, quarrels are breaking out and resentment festering with people moving from one District to another to get the vaccine.
Let us see the other side of the coin - vaccine wastage. Quite a few people I know have reported this-
1. Although the vaccine shots are available at a vaccination centre, people are not coming in to take the jab.
2. The CoWin website shows slots are full each and every time they log in to book a date. There have been reports of alleged hackers circumventing security and booking slots.
3. Where there is sufficient stock of vaccines, walk-ins are not allowed despite the vaccination center being practically empty of recipients.
So on the one hand we still have many people who are reluctant to take the vaccine, which is the case as has been reported in many villages and small towns, and, on the other hand, people eager to take the vaccine but getting frustrated at not getting it.
I think every State should have its own registration website that could be having features like this for people to select-
1. First dose or second dose?
2. Covishield or Covaxin? (and later whichever other vaccine is available)
Then there should be a list of vaccination centers where recipients of the first dose can go, and a list of those centers where recipients of the second dose can go, For each, it should be clearly mentioned which vaccine is available at that center. In the case of the second dose, there could be a separate time slot for those who were unable to register and who can walk in with their certificate that shows they took the first dose. This time slot can be staggered as well, with, say, on some days in the morning slot, and on other days in the afternoon slot. So as not to exhaust the health workers, they should be given a break on Sundays or can share the shifts on Saturdays/Sundays. I am sure there are ways and means to break down the task of getting everyone vaccinated if done in a systematic manner.
It is also important to have large-scale awareness campaigns on the ground level. If political parties can put up huge cut-outs and hoardings during election times, why not now, when it is the need of the hour? People should be made aware that the more of us get vaccinated, the better it is for everyone.
Vaccine distribution should also be as per the population in a particular area. Where there are fewer residents, why keep a large stock at the vaccination center?
Of course, everything comes back to the same point - about having enough vaccines.
When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell