70% Indians knew someone who couldn’t get a vaccine in May due to shortage, survey finds


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New Delhi: Seventy per cent Indians say that in the month of May, they knew someone in their social circle who went to get vaccinated but the centre was out of stock, a LocalCircles survey released Friday said.

India has so far administered 23.7 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines, with just 3.3 per cent of its total population fully vaccinated, according to Our World Data.

At the end of May, the Narendra Modi government announced that the country will have nearly 12 crore doses for domestic use in the month of June, after several states reported vaccine shortages.

When the survey asked respondents if they knew someone in their social circle who went to get vaccinated but the centre was out of stock, 32 per cent of respondents said “happened with 4 or more individuals in my social network”, 27 per cent said “happened with 2-3 individuals in my social network”, and 11 per cent said “happened with 1 individual in my social network”. 

Meanwhile, 21 per cent respondents said it “did not happen with anyone” they know, while 9 per cent couldn’t say.

This question in the survey received 9,290 responses. 

The percentage of Indians who were unable to find a vaccine dose at the vaccination centre rose almost four times between April and May, found LocalCircles, an India-based polling company. The number rose from 18 per cent on 12 April to 51 per cent by the end of April, around the peak of the second wave.


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27% got appointment on Co-WIN or Aarogya Setu in last 7 days 

Asked about their experience with the Co-WIN or Aarogya Setu apps, 21 per cent said they were “able to register and get an appointment easily” while 6 per cent were “able to register after many attempts and get an appointment”.

Only 27 per cent of people successfully got a vaccine appointment via government portals.

Further, 44 per cent said they were “able to register easily but couldn’t get an appointment”, 20 per cent were “able to register only after many attempts but couldn’t get an appointment”, and 9 per cent were “not able to register due to OTP or other issues”.

This question in the survey received 8,278 responses. 

The overall survey received close to 26,000 responses from citizens located in 299 districts of India. Sixty-four per cent were men and 36 per cent were women. Moreover, 48 per cent were from Tier-1 cities, 28 per cent from Tier-2 and 24 per cent were from Tier-3, -4 and rural districts.


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