On the frontlines: 62% of people inoculated in Karnataka are women | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: At 62.3%, women account for a comfortable majority of all those who have so far received one of the two Covid-19 vaccines being administered in Karnataka. As per data with the CoWIN portal, 2.9 lakh of the 4.6 lakh people who have received the first dose of the vaccine in the state are women, while the remaining 1.7 lakh are men.
The trend in Karnataka is also a reflection of the national scenario: Of 68.5 lakh people who have been inoculated against SARS-CoV2, 58% or 39.5 lakh are women, as per data on the CoWIN dashboard as at 7.40pm on Wednesday.

The trend is similar in other major states such as Maharashtra, where of the 5.6 lakh who have opted for the vaccine, 3.2 lakh or 57% are women. The data is a clear indicator of the huge representation of women in the healthcare industry.
“We have more women working as Asha workers, anganwadi workers, helpers, auxiliary nurses and midwives,” said Dr Rajani BN, state deputy director, immunisation, health and family welfare department.
As per data with the health department, 5,03,904 men, 6,00,158 women and 201 others (sexual minorities) have registered to receive the vaccine in Karnataka so far.
Of the healthcare workers registered to receive the jab, 2.8 lakh are men and 5.4 are women. Among frontline workers, 2.3 lakh men and 56,684 women have registered to receive the vaccine.
However, this trend is bound to change when the vaccine is rolled out to more frontline workers in the days ahead, say officials.
“The trend may change once frontline workers in the police and revenue departments and municipal administration actively participate in vaccination drives. The number of women would be lower compared to men in these departments. However, we need to see how things go,” said another senior officer.
In Bengaluru, 56.2% of the vaccine beneficiaries are women. In Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits, 48,302 women have taken the vaccine as against 37,578 men. Of those vaccinated in Dakshina Kannada district, 68.7% are women, while the corresponding number is 61% in Mysuru, 71% in Shivamogga and 60% in Dharwad.

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