Coming soon, 60,000 doses for people 18 and over in Chandigarh: The Tribune India

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Dushyant Singh Pundir

Tribune press service

Chandigarh, May 27

The vaccination campaign for the 18 and over category is expected to gain momentum soon, as the city will receive an additional 60,000 doses of the vaccine during the first week of June.

Left with nearly 6,000 doses for the 18-44 age group, which will last until June 4, the UT administration will receive 36,000 doses while the remaining 24,000 doses will reach three private hospitals.

UT had to stop reserving vaccination slots for beneficiaries in this age group after June 4 due to lack of vaccine.

Total inoculation in town so far

To date, 27,986 people have received the first dose in the 18-44 age group and eight have received the second dose.

In the 45-60 year age group, 1,04769 received their first dose and 13,143 the second dose

As many as 75,208 elderly people received the first dose and 33,140 the second dose

A total of 3,29,583 people, including health workers and frontline workers, were vaccinated in the city

Previously, the UT administration had announced the opening of up to 4,000 slots per day for the 18 to 44 age group. However, reservations could not be made beyond one day after the announcement, when more than 3,000 beneficiaries were vaccinated. The decision was later withdrawn due to a vaccine shortage.

From now on, the UT will only open the slots when new doses arrive. The average number of 18 beneficiaries and more vaccinated daily now exceeds 1,500 people.

Allow more than 45 jab quotas for 18+ to be used, says UT

The Chandigarh Administration has requested the Center to reallocate at least 20,000 doses for the 18-44 age group from the vaccine quota for the 45 and over age group.

One official said that even after securing an additional supply of 36,000 vaccines, it would not be enough for those 18 and older.

age range.

Initially, the Administration had sought doses of 1 lakh for the age group of 18 years and over, but it obtained 33,000. In the second batch, UT was allocated 33,000 Covid vaccines. additional for the 18 to 44 age group.

UT had also asked the Center for a redistribution of the vaccine quota earlier, but this was refused, the official said.

One official said: “Almost 3 20,000 people between the ages of 18 and 44 have not yet been vaccinated. We are receiving the vaccine in stages for this group. Thus, the time required to vaccinate all of them will depend on the vaccine supply from the manufacturers. We will receive approximately 36,000 doses very soon and three private hospitals are also expected to receive approximately 24,000 doses in the near future. “

Meanwhile, UT has enough doses for the 45+ category. Almost 85,000 doses are still available at UT for this age group. “The stock is sufficient for at least a month and a half, given the trend of vaccine use,” the official said.

Arun Kumar Gupta, Principal Secretary, Health, UT, said: “About 2.4 lakh people received the first dose of the vaccine. There are 6,31,338 people aged 18 or over, according to the updated voters list, ”he said, adding that there were only about 62,500 people left for vaccination in the age bracket. age 45 and over, taking into account their number according to the electoral list. “There is no shortage of vaccines for this category and their vaccination can be completed in 10 days if other beneficiaries show up for vaccination,” he said.

Gupta said a private hospital, Chaitanya Hospital, is expected to start vaccination in the first week of June and the other two, Bedi Hospital and Global Hospital, in the second week of next month.

The Fortis consultation center in Sector 11 was also planning to start vaccination soon, he added.

So far, 27,986 people have received the first dose in the 18-44 age group and eight beneficiaries have also received the second dose. In the 45 to 60 age group, 1,047,699 received their first dose, while 13,143 also received their second dose. Similarly, 75,208 elderly people received the first dose and 33,140 the second dose.

A total of 3,29,583 people, including health workers and frontline workers, have been vaccinated in the city. About 70 percent of health workers and 74 percent of frontline workers have been vaccinated so far.

Vaccine wastage was only 0.9%.

Private hospitals to administer the jab too

  • Three private hospitals will receive 24,000 doses in June
  • Chaitanya hospital will start vaccination the first week of June
  • Bedi Hospital and Global Hospital the second week of June
  • The Fortis consultation center in sector 11 is also planning to start vaccination soon.

How many more to get vaccinated

  • 18 years and over: Almost 3 20,000 people in this age group still need to be vaccinated in the city. According to the voters list, there are 6,31,338 people aged 18 and over
  • 45 years and over: Only about 62,500 people remain to be vaccinated in this age group.

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