Covid-19: Karnataka likely to jab 100% target with 1 dose by December | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Karnataka is likely to achieve 100% coverage of the eligible population with one dose and fully inoculate at least 80% of them by December end if the current pace of vaccination against Covid-19 continues in the coming weeks.
Nearly 4.7 lakh doses were administered every day on average during September. According to the department of health and family welfare, more than 4.9 crore people in Karnataka are eligible for vaccination. This means the state needs more than 9.9 crore doses to fully inoculate them.
As of 4pm Sunday, the state had administered 5.7 crore doses, of them more than 5 crore doses are Covishield and 66 lakh Covaxin.
State fully jabbed 35% of its eligible population; over 1 crore yet to get first dose
More than 3.9 crore people — 79.2% of the eligible population — have received one dose, while more than 1.7 crore have been fully inoculated. As on date, the state has fully vaccinated 35% of the eligible population.
This leaves more than 1 crore people among those eligible yet to be vaccinated even with one dose, while nearly 2.2 crore will be due for the second jab. The state would require 4.2 crore doses to administer two jabs to all of them.
If not for the huge gap between the two doses of Covishield — which accounts for 88% of all doses administered in the state so far — the state has the capacity to cover the population with both doses.
Health commissioner Dr KV Trilok Chandra said: “There’s a lot of discussion about reducing the gap between doses. Regardless of that, we will complete 100% first-dose coverage and around 80% of the people would have got two doses by December-end. If the gap is reduced soon, more people would get both doses.”
Stating there were no supply issues now, Chandra said the state was set to receive more than 1.3 crore doses in October. Of the 5.7 crore doses the state has administered so far, around 44% or 2.5 crore doses were administered in just two months: August saw 1.2 crore doses and September bettering it with 1.4 crore doses.
While the issue of some groups, including healthcare workers, not being covered completely may affect the state’s target, a health official said: “Given that vaccination is voluntary, there will be some people who may choose to not get the vaccine. We have had very good response and our target is to ensure all those eligible get it at the earliest.”
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