There was a new recently that around 300,000 recipients of the first doze have not come back
to receive their 2 nd doze of Covid-19 vaccine.
While there may be other reasons for this failure, there is enough evidence available to show
that this could be the result of the 2 nd doze simply not being recorded in the system. Some
member of my family and circle of friends received their first doze in the first week of May and
returned to get their second doze in the last week of May. The two dozes were duly recorded
and stamped on the vaccination cards given to each.
After a couple of days, the details were entered in the NIMS-NADRA immunization management
system to obtain the usual vaccination certificate but it was found that the system was still
showing that all of them needed to visit their designated vaccination center to get the 2 nd doze.
Repeating this process for many more days produced the same results. A visit to the center
received the assurance that the delay was due to pressure of work and would be rectified soon.
But nothing happened. A second visit then many days after vaccination with much more forceful
representation produced the desired results, data was entered in the computer and the system
began to show vaccination as having being completed. Interestingly, however, the date of the
2 nd doze shown in the vaccination certificate was not the date of actual vaccination but a date
ten days later when the details were finally entered in the center’s computer system. This fact
proves that no entry had been made in the center’s computer system, and thereby the NIMS
immunization management system, after the vaccination of these people, even though they had
been duly vaccinated and had received vaccination cards as proof of this vaccination.
It is therefore possible, and in fact highly likely, that the people failing to turn up for their 2 nd doze
according to the NIMS system have actually been vaccinated but this has not been recorded in
the system. After all, most of the people taking the trouble to get the 1 st doze would not be
averse to vaccination and, on the other hand, would be looking forward to complete the
vaccination process asap.
Given the highly efficient data processing system developed by NCOC, this issue can be
addressed by a simple process. Each of the persons not receiving the 2 nd doze within, say ten
days, of the due date for such vaccination as per system, can be sent an SMS to punch one of
the two options: (1) to indicate that vaccination has been completed and (0) for 2 nd doze still
pending. NIMS system can then compare all (1) answers with the still pending 2 nd doze cases as
per their system to highlight cases where 2 nd doze has been given according to recipient but not
appearing in system. These cases would then be referred back to the concerned vaccination
centers for them to recheck and rectify their records.