Epidemiologists point out that in that case, officials should have divided the tally with the dosage target, which is twice the population because everyone gets two doses of the vaccine. The target dosage, in that case, would have been 16%, just half of what the government’s claim. This is because less than 2 crore of the 12-crore doses were administered until July 20.
“This is needless misinterpretation of data, which can cause serious problems when the data is used to plan health policies, including unlocking strategies and preventive steps against the anticipated third wave,” said public health expert R Sunderraman, former director of the National Health Systems Resource Centre. “Everyone knows there is a vaccine shortage. What is wrong in saying the exact number?” he said.
Data reporting gets worse when the DPH uses an unscientific method of adding serosurvey results to spruce up the number of people with antibodies. Two doses of the vaccine help people develop artificially-induced antibodies that give them protection against the virus. But people who are naturally infected also develop these antibodies. The state has done three serosurveys to measure antibodies in people. The first survey, done in 2020 before the