Is lockdown imposed to curb the spreading of novel Coronavirus, hindering the Covid vaccination drive in the district? Or is it still people hesitating to take the Covid vaccine? Or they unable to book the slot for the vaccination or is the district not receiving adequate doses of vaccine? These are all the questions arising in the minds of people who are eagerly waiting to receive at least the first dose or trying futile exercise to book the slot for the vaccination.
If you go by the statistics on Covid vaccination provided by the district administration, in the last 10 days, they did vaccination in triple-digits on few days and it picked up in the last few days.
On May 20, only 792 beneficiaries inoculated against Covid-19 of which only 22 people took their second jab.
May 21 reported a slight dip in the inoculation drive and on that day 727 beneficiaries received the jab again only 99 who were due for their second dose took the vaccine.
The numbers improved on May 22 on that day 1,627 people were inoculated but the number of beneficiaries who received their second dose did not cross even two digits and on that only 83 people received their second dose of the vaccine.
On May 23, again the numbers dipped to 872, and only 28 people received their second dose. On May 24 with 60 people receiving their second dose, 2,372 beneficiaries were inoculated.
On May 26, as many as 1,667 beneficiaries received a dose of which only 135 took the second dose, on May 25, the inoculation numbers were better a total of 2,571 people took the shot. Again the second dose beneficiaries were just 132. On May 27, 2,053 have received the dose of which only 121 have received their second shot.
After gathering the data of 10 days, May 28 has registered the best figures, on that day 3,130 have received vaccination against Covid-19 infection of which 333 received booster dose.
Similarly, on 29 May, 2,937 beneficiaries received the Covid vaccine, of which 2,431 took the first dose, and 466 received the second dose. On May 30, 995 beneficiaries have taken the jab, of which 874 have taken their first shot, while 121 took their booster dose.
RCH Dr SM Honakeri told that the district in the last 10 days has received 3,000 doses of Covaxin, the Government of Karnataka supplied 8,000 doses of Covishield and the Government of India provided 5,000 doses of Covishield. Dr Honakeri said the inoculation drive is going on in 58 centres in the districts.
WHY THERE IS A FALL IN BENEFICIARIES TAKING THE SECOND DOSE?
According to the doctors who are the in-charge of vaccination informed that there are not enough eligible beneficiaries for the second dose of Covishield vaccine as the Government of India based on the recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Group of Immunisation (NTAGI) and National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration (NEGVA) increased gap between two doses of Covishield to 12-16 weeks. The earlier interval was 6 to 8 weeks, they said.
To receive the second dose of the Covishield vaccine, the beneficiary should have taken the jab on or before March 1. They increased the gap on May 13, hence few beneficiaries available for the second dose of Covishield said one of the doctors who is looking after inoculation drive.
Whatever the second doses are being given are to those who received the first dose of Covaxin, “We are informing the Covaxin beneficiaries individually via telephone to take their second dose,” said the doctor.
There is a debate going on social media if there are not enough beneficiaries for the second dose of Covishield why Dharwad district administration is not allowing the above 18 age group to receive the first dose?. In many districts, above 18 age group receiving vaccines, the netizens said.
Compare to Mysuru, the Dharwad district administration is way behind in inoculating its residents, as per the information provided by the Karnataka state bulletin, as of May 31, 8,86,124 beneficiaries in the Mysuru district have taken their jabs.
In Dharwad district, as of May 30, as many as 3,18,920 have received their doses as per the media bulletin issued by the Dharwad district administration.
Dharwad Deputy Commissioner Nitesh Patil told hubliexpress.com, the vaccination drive was slowed a bit only on weekends. On May 31 we have inoculated nearly 4,000 beneficiaries. This apart, vaccination is being given to the health care workers, street vendors, frontline workers, LIC employees and others, they were beneficiaries above 18 age as well.
“As per the reports, in June around 13 crores of Covid vaccines will be available, so we are expecting a good supply of the vaccine. If the vaccines provided, we can inoculate 10,000 people per day.”
“Things will improve this month and we will hold an aggressive vaccination drive this month. The administration is trying its best to inoculate all its residents at the earliest and our commitment is firm. It is just a matter of time and the supply of vaccines will only improve in the coming days. People need not worry, the administration is with them and all the residents will get their doses.”
Nitesh Patil, Deputy Commissioner,