NEW DELHI: The government’s direction to states not to share “sensitive information” related to vaccine stocks without permission from the Centre is intended to ensure vaccine data is not misused or used for commercial purposes, said officials.
Data and analytics related to vaccine stocks and temperature at which it is stored are often widely sought by different agencies for crucial information related to usage trends, uptake of vaccines in varied categories of population as well as electricity supply status.
“This is not only for Covid-19 vaccines. Even in the past we have asked states and immunisation commissioners that this data be shared strictly with consent from the ministry,” an official said.
The interest in such data with respect to anti-Covid jabs has increased further because of the significant gap in demand and supply.
While on the one hand, such data can be used for market research and monitoring of adverse events, it can also be misused for malpractices, officials said. While vaccine related data is updated on eVIN on a real time basis to ensure monitoring of stock situation, storage management, temperature management and other logistics-related issues across the country, many people have asked for such stocks-related data to be made public. However, officials in the ministry maintain there is a strong need for such data to be protected as there are several commercial interests at work and the information can be used for unauthorised market purposes.


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