New Delhi : Amid surging cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in India, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has warned of another wave of infections and urged the government to announce “additional” doses of the jab for healthcare, frontline workers and immunocompromised individuals. IMA also sought that the government expedite the proposal of vaccinating individuals aged 12 to 18 years.
At a press conference, the doctors’ body said that cases of the Omicron variant reported from a number of states are likely to increase. “At a time when India is limbing back to normalcy, this is a great setback. If we do not take adequate measures, we may have a massive third wave,” it said, as per a PTI report. Noting that India has administered 1.26 billion jabs, the IMA said vaccination has proved that it will prevent severe forms of infection.