Why no vaccination drive in 70% of centres, PM Modi asks B S Yediyurappa | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: The sluggish pace of vaccination in Karnataka came to the fore on Wednesday as PM Narendra Modi asked the state government why nearly 70% of the vaccination centres listed on Co-Win portal are not yet operational.
At a video-conference, he also discussed measures taken in Bengaluru Urban, Bidar and Kalaburagi districts where cases are steadily rising and asked the Yediyurappa government to undertake strict measures to prevent further infections.
He also said the vaccination drive should be intensified in districts where there is a surge in cases.
Of 2,042 hospitals in Karnataka registered as Covid vaccination centres on the Co-Win portal, 1,439 are yet to begin vaccination.
After the meet, chief minister BS Yediyurappa said testing will be stepped up to 1 lakh per day and 3,500 vaccination centres will be set up to increase coverage to 3 lakh a day.
PM lays stress on preventing outbreak in towns, villages
After the meet, chief minister BS Yediyurappa said, “The prime minister has suggested that vaccination be launched in all 1,439 centres…to make best use of the drive.”
Health minister K Sudhakar, however, said the numbers mentioned in the government’s release were erroneous. “We have close to 2,900 government facilities and only 600 private healthcare facilities have registered. Out of these, vaccination is happening in about 450 private facilities,” he said.
Urging states not to let “confidence” turn into “carelessness”, the PM cautioned officials to ensure that villages don’t get affected as cases rise in cities. He also called upon authorities to plan vaccine supply and utilisation judiciously to ensure maximum doses are used before expiry.
Yediyurappa, who had last week said the state would await guidelines from the PM on further containment measures, said there would be no night curfew or lockdown in Karnataka but people must strictly follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.
“There are no restrictions on conducting events outdoors. But indoor events must be held as per safety protocol,” he said.
While the PM brought up the situation in Bengaluru Urban, Bidar and Kalaburagi specifically, he stressed on prevention of an outbreak in tier-2 and tier-3 cities, and villages across the country. In smaller towns, measures must be taken to ensure referral systems to send patients to bigger centres if needed and an ambulance network must be stabilised, Modi said.
“The prime minister assured that vaccines will be supplied to all states appropriately. He added that the vaccine will only enhance immunity to fight against the virus and will not eliminate it from the environment. Hence, one must follow precautionary measures. There was discussion on increasing the Covid testing,” Yediyurappa said in a press conference after the meeting.
The CM added that three Covid care centres will be started in Bengaluru.
Karnataka requests shots for everyone
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Following requests before the government to start Covid vaccination in apartment complexes, old age homes and long-term care homes for the elderly, the CM requested the Centre to allow vaccination in such places. Karnataka also urged the PM to allow vaccination across age groups.



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