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Covid vaccination: Coverage of 1st dose up by 5.9%, second shot by 11.7%

The Times of India logo The Times of India 02-12-2021 Sushmi Dey
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NEW DELHI: The coverage of the first and second dose of Covid vaccine has increased by 5.9% and 11.7%, respectively, till end of November following the government’s door-to-door ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign that started from November 3. However, around 12 crore beneficiaries are still due for their second dose despite the government’s vaccination push.

In a meeting with states on Thursday, health secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked states to ensure all available vaccine doses are jabbed timely and no dose expires in both government and private facility. The Centre also asked states to devise targeted plans, in the context of doses administered in August and September this year, to ensure coverage of all beneficiaries due for their second dose by exponentially increasing the pace of vaccination.

Seven states (Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal) in which ZyCoV-D will be used initially were asked to identify districts with high number of pending first dose beneficaries for introduction of the vaccine. Since national training for ZyCoV-D has been completed, these states should now plan sessions based on pharmajet injector and identify vaccinators to be trained for using it for administering doses. Overall, around 125 crore doses have been administered across the country so far. While 84% of the adult population has received at least first dose of Covid vaccine, 49% have been covered with both doses.

While Uttar Pradesh witnessed the maximum (8.7%) progress in first dose coverage as a result of the ‘Dastak’ campaign, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Telangana also witnessed above 7.5% increase in coverage of first dose after the launch of the campaign till November 30, the assessment shows.

Himachal Pradesh witnessed a major jump of 28.7% in second dose coverage after the campaign, followed closely by Madhya Pradesh where it rose by 25.1%. Many other states including Andaman & Nicobar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, J&K, Assam and Uttarakhand also saw a rise in coverage.

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