September 26, 2021

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Ramp up vaccination coverage in NE states, J&K: Centre

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Ramp up vaccination coverage in NE states, J&K: Centre
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Ramp up vaccination coverage in NE states, J&K: Centre
Ramp up vaccination coverage in NE states, J&K: Centre

NEW DELHI: As administration of first dose of anti-Covid jabs has outperformed that of the second dose, the Centre on Saturday asked eight north eastern states along with Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir to focus on ramping up coverage of the second dose, particularly in the population above 60 years.
In these states, coverage of both doses of the vaccine is “unsatisfactory” in the elderly population above 60 years of age, who are most vulnerable to SARS-CoV2 infection as well as fatality due to it, health secretary Rajesh Bhushan underlined during a meeting with them to review the vaccination status.
The Centre advised states to earmark doses, days and target the completion of the vaccination exercise for people above 60 years of age as the vulnerability of this group to Covid makes this exercise of prime importance.
Meanwhile, states were also asked to saturate the first dose coverage among the 18-plus population. A total of 68.33 crore doses of Covid-vaccines were administered till Saturday. Nearly 56% of the 94 crore adult population has received at least one dose of the vaccines, whereas around 17% of adults (18 years and above) have got both doses.
The Centre asked states to closely monitor the stock from state-level stores to cold-chain points, check rational distribution and restrict vaccine wastage to below 2%. States have been asked to update data on eVIN (electronic vaccine intelligence network) on a daily basis.

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