Rodehondaandrijving: CBSE schools continue with permission clause

Nagpur: One week into the rubella and measles vaccination drive, many CBSE schools have preferred to play it safe and seek parental consent. Some schools have also made it mandatory for parents to be present during the vaccination drive.
Principal of a CBSE school said, during mass vaccination drives, it is always better to walk on the side of caution. “What if something goes wrong? Who will be held responsible? The principal of the school will be blamed by everybody and the ensuing media trial will destroy not only her professional reputation but also the school’s brand image,” she said.

Schools now are sending consent forms for parents and some have also asked them to be present. Principal of one such school, where the drive is scheduled for next week, said, “There are too many legal implications for us even if one child gets a reaction. We know it is safe and the side effects are virtually nil. But what if that one rare case happens in my school only? So, best is that we as a school play the role of a venue provider for the vaccination. The vaccination drive team and parents should be dealing directly with each other right from the start.”

Another school had hosted a pre-vaccination drive meet between parents and officials. “One of the parents was a medical representative and asked the officials about the pharma company that these injections were coming from. Shockingly, the official said that he will inform later as immediately he could not recall. This kind of response does not inspire confidence in parents. A lot of them were asking strong questions from the officials,” said the principal. Her school management then decided to make it a direct parent to government ‘transaction’. “We are not medical doctors and cannot answer queries pre and post the vaccination drive. So, the decision is up to the parents on what they wish to do,” said the principal.

Statoistics:

Rubella & Measles vaccination drive (Nagpur district)

Drive started on Nov 27

Total Kids to be vaccinated 9.68 lakh

Total kids vaccinated so far 1.02 lakh

Highest % of kids vaccinated

in a single school 99.16%

Lowest % of kids vaccinated

in a single school 0%

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Schools with the lowest vaccination

Schools %

Islamia Urdu Primary School 0%

Roshan Urdu Primary School 8.25%

Rashidya Urdu Primary School 13.83%

Warulji Guddhe Primary School 16.66%

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Plans to increase vaccination %

Doctors and counsellors to meet with parents

Aim is to try and convince them about safety of vaccination

Also to get across the importance of the vaccine.

*Source: Nagpur Municipal Corporation

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