Maharashtra government has decided to ask its reluctant medical staff including doctors to give in writing their unwillingness to take the swine flu vaccine.
"The swine flu vaccine is not compulsory, but then we have asked the medical staff including paramedicals and doctors to give it in writing that they do not want to take the vaccine," Health Minister Suresh Shetty informed the Legislative Council.
The minister was replying to a calling attention motion on the issue of spread of diseases like swine flu, malaria and leptospirosis in Mumbai.
Doubting its effectiveness and possible side-effects, many doctors in Maharashtra have refused to take the swine flu vaccine, leaving the State Government with a large stock of vaccines.
The State Government had procured the vaccine from the Centre after the state was hit by H1N1 last year.
The Centre placed an order with a foreign company for 1.5 million doses of H1N1 vaccines in December, mostly to be given to the high-risk group of medical practitioners.