Chandigarh: The third round of sero survey in Haryana will be launched by Health Minister Anil Vij on June 15 to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies in the community, especially in the younger population in the 6-17 age group. According to the Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Rajeev Arora, all the necessary preparations for the survey have already been made. The data collected from the sero survey will help identify the effects and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine besides helping the government prepare for paediatric services in case a possible third wave of the pandemic breaks out, including the establishment and upscaling of intensive care units. There are reports that the third wave is expected to hit the younger population harder.
Arora in a statement said, “The study is to provide us information regarding susceptible populations and areas in the state to prioritise the vaccination drive.” Arora also said the aim of this round of sero survey is to identify the impact of the second wave of COVID-19. Children aged six and above have also been included in the study to assess seroprevalence in them, he said. Arora further said that the state has already finished two rounds of the sero surveys, the first in August 2020 in which seroprevalence of COVID- 19 was found to be 8 per cent and the second round was conducted in October, wherein seroprevalence of COVID-19 was found to be 14.8 per cent in the entire state.
Sero survey or seroprevalence studies are based on the analysis of antibodies collected through blood sample collection. Haryana on Wednesday recorded 528 new COVID-19 cases taking the total cases in the state to 7,64,094. The state also registered 40 deaths due to the virus taking the total death count to 8,829. The state also saw 940 recoveries on the same day. Haryana also inoculated 85,508 people on Wednesday.
(With inputs from PTI)