Six districts in Karnataka have jabbed 90% adults with first Covid-19 vaccine dose | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Six districts of Karnataka have inoculated more than 90% of the eligible population with the first dose of Covid vaccine.
Bengaluru Urban district (exclusive of BBMP) has achieved the highest coverage (118%) as on October 23, followed by Kodagu (96%), Udupi (92%), Ramanagara and Uttara Kannada (91% each) and Hassan (90%), according to data.
While the state average of first dose coverage is 85%, 16 districts have bettered it. Bengaluru Rural has done as well as the state, but 14 other districts have to catch up. Kalaburagi has achieved the least coverage — only 69% of the eligible population has been jabbed with the first dose so far. The state health and family welfare department has begun a house-to house survey to identify the unvaccinated.
Though the state war room data mentions that four districts — Bengaluru Urban, Kodagu, Udupi and Ramanagara — have crossed 100% coverage of the first dose, health department data differs from it. “There seems to be a data mismatch. The targets have been revised by the Centre. Only Bengaluru Urban has crossed 100% coverage of the targeted population estimated on the basis of 2011 Census data,” said Dr Arundhathi Chandrashekar, mission director, National Health Mission, Karnataka.
She said the overall target for the state was recently changed by the Centre from 4.9 crore to 4.8 crore and accordingly, the targets set for districts have also been revised.
‘Floating population reason for target exceeding’
According to Arundhathi, the floating population of Bengaluru Urban district is the primary reason for the vaccination data showing the target exceeding. However, first dose is still being administered in the district — the figure for Saturday was 1,789.
Replying to TOI’s queries, D Randeep, commissioner, health and family welfare department, said some hospitals like Narayana Hrudalaya located in Bengaluru Urban district hold vaccination camps in Bengaluru city. “All such vaccinations are accounted for in Bengaluru Urban district,” said Randeep.
Though first dose vaccination coverage in BBMP limits is 87%, the actual number could be greater, say officials. Many Bengalureans have been covered under Bengaluru Urban district, they added.
Bengaluru city has administered the highest number of first doses — 79.3 lakh — of the targeted 91 lakh eligible population.
The big concern before districts that have crossed 90% coverage now is finding unvaccinated persons to achieve the 100% target. “Till we got to 85%, it was not very difficult as we reached out to the public with supplies and awareness activities also helped. But it has become difficult to find the unvaccinated after we touched 96%. We have been conducting surveys to figure out who has not taken the vaccine,” said Dr Gopinath S, Reproductive and Child Health Officer (RCHO) and incharge of Covid vaccination in Kodagu district. There are a few instances, especially in tribal areas, where vaccine refusal is seen.
“A middle-aged man refused to get jabbed though several officers explained benefits of the vaccine. All his other family members have got jabbed. While this may be a oneoff case, some who have Kodagu as address in their Aadhaar cards do not live here and may have accessed the vaccine where they live,” Dr Gopinath said, explaining the challenges in reaching 100% coverage.
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