Karnataka tops in vaccination coverage across country | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Karnataka vaccinated the highest number of healthcare workers in the country in the first four days of the inoculation drive against Covid-19, according to data released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare. As of Tuesday evening, 6,31,417 healthcare workers were vaccinated across the country. Karnataka accounted for 80,686 (12.7%), the highest in the country. It was followed by Telangana (69,405), AP (58,495), Odisha (55,138), Bengal (42,093) and Bihar (42,085).
Karnataka was in the vanguard of the drive on Monday too. On January 18, a total of 3.8 lakh healthcare workers were vaccinated in the country. Of this, 1.4 lakh were jabbed on Monday alone and 36,888 of them were in Karnataka. Health minister K Sudhakar told TOI that the talk of people being apprehensive about the vaccine is far from reality.

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“Vaccination is safe and it is being successfully carried out in Karnataka,” he said. “Data for the past four days stands testimony to our planning and execution on the vaccination front. We have received appreciation from different quarters for having clocked high coverage since Day 1.” The minister attributed the high coverage to adoption of corporate strategies with regard to training and motivating healthcare personnel.
‘Began preparing for drive 45 days ago’
“We began preparing for the drive 45 days ago by gradually upgrading infrastructure and assigning specific tasks to healthcare workers,” he said. “A booth-based approach used in elections was customized to distribute vials; several mock drills were conducted in recent weeks.” “Senior doctors voluntarily getting jabbed on the first day came as a shot in the arm, as it motivated others to volunteer,” he added.



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