In September, average daily doses in Karnataka touched 4.8 lakh | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: When the Covid-19 vaccination drive began in January, Karnataka administered an average of a mere 21,013 doses a day. In September, average daily inoculations was more than 4.8 lakh, data from the state health department shows, a testimony to how the state accelerated the process ahead of a possible third wave of infections.
Average daily vaccination numbers crossed one lakh to touch 1.2 lakh in March, increasing further to 1.9 lakh in April. The number dipped to 1.2 lakh in May when the country extended the drive to include those above 18 years.
When supply of doses stabilised in June, Karnataka administered 2.9 lakh jabs every day on an average, but the number shrunk to 2.4 lakh in July. The average daily doses crossed three lakhs in August, peaking at 4.8 lakh in September.
However, overall, from January to September, average daily inoculations stand at 2.2 lakh. Though the Centre had said 100 doses should be administered at every session, the target was achieved only in September.
“The issue was not capability of healthcare workers, but a gap between demand and supply,” an official said. “We managed an average of 45 doses per session in January and it dropped to 38 in February. Similarly, it increased to 67 in March, when vaccinations were open for all senior citizens, only to drop to 54 in April. Such variations were seen across the country.”
The overall average per session in the state was 72 as on October 1.
District health officers TOI spoke with said special drives have helped ramp up coverage. “The supply situation improved only from June-July onwards. In many PHCs, an entire week’s progress was achieved during a one-day special drive. These drives also helped spread awareness among those who were hesitant,” said one officer from north Karnataka.
KV Trilok Chandra, commissioner, health and family welfare department, said Karnataka has overcome challenges such as hesitancy and apprehension about the vaccine, besides sorting out supply-related issues. “We have been clocking highs every month. There has been a lot of planning and effort from the entire team,” he said.
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