ChandigarhOne hour agoAuthor: Aarti M Agnihotri
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According to Professor Dr. Rijo John, who evaluated the existing data on the Covin app, 30% of the population has been vaccinated with a single dose in 18 states/UTs. At the same time, in 24 states/UTs, four have taken at least one single dose vaccination.
UT Chandigarh ranks 9th in vaccination coverage. In this 41% have got single and 9% have got double dose. Though Chandigarh is a modern city, it has good infrastructure and a good number of educated people. Despite this, the vaccination coverage here is not as it should be.
Believe it or not, it is also a fact that in the beginning, when the vaccine started, the health workers and frontline workers in Chandigarh were reluctant to get the vaccine. Because of this too, Chandigarh lagged behind in vaccine coverage.
The second main reason is also believed to be that since Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali are inter-connected cities. Every day people travel to each other city here. So many times people go to each other city to get their vaccination done due to lack of dosage or according to their convenience. Due to this the correct data is not available.
According to Dr. Rijo John, Adjunct Professor at Rajagiri College of Social Sciences Kochi, who evaluated the existing data on the Kovin app, 30% of the population has been vaccinated with a single dose in 18 states/UTs. At the same time, in 24 states/UTs, four have taken at least one single dose vaccination.
Chandigarh is backward from Himachal
Dadra and Nagar Haveli has the highest vaccine coverage with a single dose coverage of 73% and the national average for a single dose is 22%. In Chandigarh, 9% people have taken both the doses which is 7th highest among the states and UT. While neighboring Himachal Pradesh has more vaccine coverage than Chandigarh with 46% single and 11% double dose. Also the coverage of Punjab is 20% which is less than the national average of single dose. Talking about Haryana, so far 28% vaccine coverage has been done here.
Will do rapid vaccination of 18 plus
According to DHS Chandigarh Dr. Amandeep Kaur Kang, he is now going to Old Age Homes and Resident Welfare Associations and will soon go to some colleges in the city so that 18 plus age group does not lag behind in vaccination. He said- Before the third wave comes, we have to increase the vaccination coverage so that we can save the city from the third wave.
Let us inform that apart from vaccination during the day, for the convenience of the working professionals, a few days ago, the Health Department has started the vaccination sessions in the evening as well. He told that soon we will get the vaccination done by reaching people’s homes through societies and social groups also.