MUMBAI: Vaccination against Covid-19 reached two important milestones on Thursday. Maharashtra hit 11 crore vaccinations—the second highest in the country—while Mumbai finished vaccinating 70% of its eligible population with both the doses. It is the only district in the state and first among major cities to achieve that level of full vaccination.
The state has till now administered 11,00,26,925 doses, fully vaccinating 3.76 crore (41%) people and giving at least one shot to 7.23 crore (79%) of its eligible population. Around 9% of the 120 crore doses given in the country is from Maharashtra. UP, which is leading among states, has administered the highest doses (15.5 crore), accounting for nearly 13% of vaccination in India.
Dr Pradeep Vyas, additional chief secretary, called it an important milestone for the state. “Maharashtra crossed the mark of 110 million (11 crore) Covid vaccine doses at 5.30pm. We achieved the 100 million (10 crore) mark on November 9,” he said. The last one crore doses were reached in just 16 days. State officials said under the ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign, they have increased the momentum of vaccination in all districts. All but one district (Nandurbar) have achieved a single shot coverage of more than 60%. The state was aiming at reaching 100% single dose coverage by November-end. However, considering that 1.9 crore people are yet to take their first shots, that goal is unattainable now. As far as second dose coverage is concerned, as many as 21 districts are below the state average of 40%.
Mumbai, which is at the top of first and second dose coverage in Maharashtra, has administered 1,59,33,076 doses. Till now, 65,40,392 (70.3%) have taken both doses while 93,92,684 (101%) have taken at least one. Although the city accounts for 10% of the state’s population, it has administered 14% of the total doses given in the state.
Dr Shashank Joshi, member of the state Covid task force, said although the city may be inching towards endemicity and has achieved good coverage, it is crucial to cover every single eligible person with both doses. “Vaccinated people shouldn’t abandon Covid protocols.” He said eateries particularly should ensure proper ventilation. “Also, with constantly emerging variants such as the new one (B.1.1.529), saturated vaccination coverage is the only way forward,” he said.

Source link Times of India


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