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Want shot? Get ID card first, says health department | Bengaluru News

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BENGALURU: With the government making it mandatory for those seeking the Covid-19 vaccine to furnish an ID card, those without the document are a worried lot. The issue was discussed in a video conference with the Centre on Wednesday.
The Union health and family welfare ministry guidelines details a list of ID documents that are accepted including Aadhaar, driving licence, health insurance smart card issued by the ministry of labour, MGNREGA job card, pan card, voter ID and passports besides others. Many hospitals only accept Aadhaar card.
However, it had come to the state government’s notice that some citizens do not have any of these. Authorities also said a letter signed by a gazetted officer or a notary is not valid.
For example, Jain monks, who take a vow of renunciation, have no ID cards as reported by TOI on March 24. The Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO) had written to chief minister BS Yediyurappa urging him to make an exception.
Authorities in the private health sector say they too have come across several people who have no ID cards but need to be vaccinated. “As per current rules, ID during registration is a must. We ask these people to return with a government issued ID card,” said a doctor who runs a nursing home. KV Trilok Chandra, commissioner, health and family welfare department, suggested people get an ID card first: “The government has clarified that an ID card is a must to get the vaccine. Hence, one must get one or another or these documents.”
He, however, said the state does not have any data on the exact number of people who do not have an ID card.
‘Remove restrictions’
But public health experts say denying someone the vaccine for lack of an ID card is not the right thing to do.
“All these restrictions must be done away with, if we are serious about containing the disease,” said Dr H Sudarshan, public health expert and secretary, Karuna Trust. He said the web-based registration is a foolish move. “If we don’t vaccinate people for lack of an ID card, they could get infected and become superspreaders. From an epidemiological perspective, we should cover everybody.”
But he pointed out that even people in tribal areas of Mysuru and Chamarajanagar have ID cards.
Dr Sudarshan said at DB Koppe primary health centre in Mysuru district, which is run by Karuna Trust, vaccines are administered to even those who don’t carry an ID card. “In rural areas, we can’t send people back home just because they don’t have an ID card,” he said. “We ask them to provide details later and this is updated in the government portal.”

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