Karnataka administers record 1.3 crore vax doses in September | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: With more than 1.3 core doses administered in 30 days, Karnataka set a new vaccination record for September, surpassing the 1.2 crore dose count in August. It fell short of CM Bommai’s ambitious target of 5 lakh doses every day, totalling 1.5 crore doses a month, though more than 5 lakh doses were administered on multiple days in the month.
The state administered more than 5 lakh doses on six days in September, including a record 31.7 lakh doses on September 17. However, of the 24 other days, the state crossed 4 lakh doses only on September 7, while nine days saw more than 3 lakh doses administered.
The lowest daily vaccination was reported on September 26 (35,453), followed by September 10 (60,203). The state administered under 1 lakh doses on two other days — September 12 (79,410) and September 16 (81,385).
Micro-level strategy
According to health commissioner Dr KV Trilok Chandra, the state received 1.32 crore doses during September and it managed to administer 1.39 crore doses “as it had an opening balance” at the beginning of the month.
He said the supply side was not a problem now and that the state is scheduled to receive another 1.3 crore doses in October, which may even increase.
“…As we near the home stretch we are looking at a micro-level strategy at the GP (gram panchayat) and sub-GP level (village level) to cover the groups that have been left out,” Chandra said.
By 7pm on Saturday, the state had administered the first dose to more than 3.9 crore people of the more than 4.9 crore eligible for vaccination. Of the 3.9 crore people, more than 1.7 crore had even been given a second dose.
Third wave

While the country’s wait for a children’s vaccine is not over yet, Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar said on Friday that it may be available this month. The state government continues to prepare for a possible third wave which according to some experts is likely to affect children more. Chandra said that compared to just 3% of all testing accounting for children last week, 11% of all testing this week has been of children (0-19 years).
As reported by TOI earlier, the state has also been ramping up infrastructure and has already hired around 2,900 additional doctors, including specialists, while another 2,000 are expected to join soon. “As educational institutions have begun functioning, we expect some cases to be reported, but there are mechanisms in place to quickly isolate such cases and prevent further spread,” Chandra added.

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