28.6 per cent of city’s population has got at least one shot of covid vaccine
Bengaluru Urban is now at the fifth spot in terms of vaccination in the country. According to the latest statistics, 28.6 per cent of Bengaluru’s population has been vaccinated (partial or full). The maximum vaccination coverage is reported from Gurugram (Haryana) with 39.2 per cent followed by Chennai (33.1 per cent), Kolkata (32.2 per cent), and Vadodara (31.4 per cent).
BBMP officials said that the vaccination was slowly picking up in the city. A few weeks ago, the civic agency could barely manage around 30,000 vaccinations in a day. However, it has picked up now. On May 26, 75,000 people were vaccinated, while the number went up to 92,000 on May 27, and a record was created on May 28 when 1 lakh people were vaccinated. However, the number dropped on May 30 when only 32,000 were vaccinated. Since then, it has again picked up. Sources said that the vaccination process had picked up in private hospitals as they were tying up with corporate and resident welfare associations to manage vaccination. On the other hand, there are long queues in front of primary health centres and government hospitals while the supply of vaccines is not matching its demand.
However, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar
was confident that vaccination would pick pace, as they were hoping for increased supplies in June. “The inoculation process will receive a boost in June as we are expecting 58 lakh vaccines, out of which 44 lakh will be procured from the Centre and sent to the State for distribution of free vaccines at government hospitals. Now, we are hoping to vaccinate at least 58 lakh people in June alone,” he said.
On June 1,1,64,770 doses of Covaxin
were received under the Centre’s free supply scheme, while 4.6 lakh Covishield
doses were received on June 2. On June 6, the State is expected to receive 75,000 doses of Covaxin.
Covishield for those heading abroad
Meanwhile, students or those going abroad for jobs were given shots of Covishield. Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwathnarayan said, “Taking the interest of these groups into consideration, the minimum time gap between Covishield shots has been reduced from 12 weeks to slightly below six weeks. But, further decrease in this time gap will not be possible as it could risk vaccination becoming ineffective.” Vaccination for students and employees going abroad has been linked with their passport. Earlier, vaccination confirmation was not attached with the passport but with the PAN card and Aadhaar card. But now, to facilitate vaccination for students and employees going abroad, it has been linked with passports.