Vaccination drive needs shot in the arm: Just over a half of frontline workers have taken jab in Delhi | Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Nearly 53% of the targeted healthcare workers and around the same percent of frontline workers have so far received the Covid-19 vaccination in Delhi. According to Delhi government’s health department, 1,37,635 healthcare workers and 1,86,255 frontline workers have been given the shot till now. The number of healthcare workers listed is 2.6 lakh and of frontline workers, 3.5 lakh. Delhi has an estimated number of 6 lakh frontline workers, and their registration for the Covid jab is still going on.

Meanwhile, the turnout for vaccination dipped on Tuesday with only 20,466 individuals turning up at the vaccination centres to get the shots. A day earlier, a total of 27,219 healthcare workers and frontline workers had received the protective injection. Those vaccinated on Tuesday included 18,492 individuals who received the first dose, while 1,947 took the mandatory second shot.
Since February 13, when the vaccination of frontline workers began, their turnout has been higher than that of healthcare workers, who began receiving the jab on January 16. While 15,789 frontline workers rolled up their sleeves on Tuesday, only 4,677 health-care workers did so.
According to a health department report, 52.9% healthcare workers and 53.2% frontline workers have so far been vaccinated. Over 20,000 healthcare workers have been given the second dose and have, thus, completed the vaccination cycle.
Delhi government clarified on Tuesday that there was no shortage of Covid vaccines and it was ready to scale up the vaccination coverage. The government did not disclose the number of vaccines currently available in Delhi. The vaccines are stored at a specially created cold storage facility in Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, from where it is sent to the government and private hospitals where vaccination centres are located. Two vaccines, both made in India, the Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, are being injected.
Dr Suneela Garg, director-professor of community medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, also Covid-19 task force member for the Delhi vaccination programme, said there was no demand-supply gap in the city. “The Co-WIN app has a module that shows the vaccines in stock and this is used by the state government to make a requisition,” said Garg.
An official said the requisition for vaccines is made when there are stocks for 15 days in storage. “The state determines the number of vaccines based on the response from the beneficiaries and the requisition is accordingly placed. The central government procures the vaccines and gives it to the states,” explained the official.
Currently, vaccination is being administered at 313 centres, but Delhi government wants to expand the network of vaccination centres significantly to cater to individuals aged above 50 and those below 50 but with comorbidity.
Since over 3.2 lakh people have received the shots and only a negligible number has reported adverse events, that too of minor nature usual with all vaccines, confidence about the Covid vaccines is growing. Only three minor adverse events were reported on Tuesday. Nine of the 11 districts did not report a single adverse event. Therefore, the turnout for vaccination is likely to be high when it is opened for individuals aged above 50.

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