Bengaluru: Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar has urged people who have not yet received their second dose of the Covid vaccine to take it as soon as possible.
Sudhakar told reporters at his Bengaluru residence that almost 45 lakh individuals in the state were yet to receive their second dose of the vaccine. “I’m not sure why they didn’t take it. However, every attempt is being made to immunize them. Since last week, cases have been increasing in a few parts of the state, and a new variant called omicron is spreading in the world. We don’t know much about it now, but we do know that it spreads faster in the community. Things would get scary if they don’t take the second dose “Dr. Sudhakar stated.
The state is doing a good job of immunizing its citizens. The state is ahead of things when it comes to vaccinations. The average of the first dose is greater than the national average. “The national average is about 80%, but we are already at 90%, and the average in the second dose is 57 percent, whereas the national average is 42 percent,” he stated.
There is no shortage of Covid vaccine in the state, around 70 lakh doses of vaccine are available said Dr. Sudhakar.
Passengers arriving from South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, and Israel, have to follow the directions. They must undergo a covid test at the airport. If they test negative, they must spend the next seven days in isolation. He added they would be permitted to go outside after seven days of isolation if they came back negative.
According to Dr. Sudhakar, the delta variant has spread swiftly in the last nine months, but this omicron variant is considered to be more contagious than the delta. However, full genome sequencing can shed more light on whether it is more contagious or not.
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