Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday came down heavily on those criticising the efficacies of COVID-19 vaccines, asserting that there should
be no politics on public health.
Addressing a function to extend the benefit of the government’s healthcare programme to the central armed police forces, he said the vaccines developed by Indian scientists are fully safe.
“There are some people who are spreading misinformation on the vaccines. Come to another platform and let’s have a duel. But why are you creating doubt over people’s health and doing politics?” he asked.
“I appeal to all of you to go for the vaccine when your turn comes. Do not have any doubt over its efficacy. We’ve already launched the world’s biggest vaccination drive,” he added.
Shah ceremoniously distributed the ‘Ayushman CAPF’ health cards among some personnel from the seven Central Armed Police Forces here.
He said the CAPFs had three prime concerns — the existing health coverage was not comprehensive, the satisfaction of housing was not there and long duty hours without leaves due to non-timely recruitment.
“Our government is addressing all the three concerns. For the health issue, we’ve launched the ‘Ayushman CAPF’ today. This will give health insurance benefit to around 50 lakh people,” Shah said.
By May 1, the ‘Ayushman CAPF’ process will be completed by offering health cards to all the personnel of the seven central police forces, he added.