States advised to focus on 60+, administer 2nd dose to eligible persons


Bhushan also discussed the details of the states and UT’s balance stock of 0.5 ml syringes, vaccination coverage among special groups….reports Asian Lite News

The Centre has asked the states to quickly saturate the first dose coverage among the 18+ population. In a review meeting with the northeast and hill states on Saturday, health secretary Rajesh Bhushan told the states to saturate the 18+ age group with the 1st dose and focus on the 60+ age group and administer the 2nd dose to those eligible.

He pointed out that the states should focus on the 60+ age group as the coverage of both the doses in this category is unsatisfactory in Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya. The vulnerability of this age group to Covid makes this exercise of prime importance.

He suggested that the states must earmark doses and days and target the completion of the exercise for these beneficiaries.

Bhushan also discussed the details of the states and UT’s balance stock of 0.5 ml syringes, vaccination coverage among special groups (Transgender Persons, Persons with Disabilities, PWI and Prisoners), Covid vaccination coverage among women particularly pregnant and lactating.

The Centre asked the states to closely monitor the stock from State Vaccine Stores to Cold Chain Point, check rational distribution and restrict vaccine wastage to below 2%. They should update data on eVIN on a daily basis, check supply of other denomination syringes as per availability (0.5 ml/1ml/2 ml/3ml Auto Disable/Re-use Prevention Syringes/Disposable) for Covid vaccination.

Meanwhile, India continues to report a higher number of daily Covid cases. A total of 42,618 new Covid cases were reported in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 3,29,45,907. In the same duration, 330 deaths were reported across the country.

Following a substantial growth of 5,903, the number of active cases currently stood at 4,05,681. In the same period, a total of 36,385 Covid patients were discharged from hospitals and health centers across the country, pushing the overall recoveries to 3 21,00,001.

The recovery rate currently stands at 97.43 per cent. According to the Ministry data, while the weekly positivity rate is at 2.63 per cent, which has been less than 3 per cent for the last 71 days, the daily positivity rate is reported to be 2.50 per cent.

The daily positivity rate has remained below 5 per cent for 89 consecutive days now. India’s cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 67 crore on Saturday. With the administration of 58,85,687 doses in the last 24 hours, India’s vaccination coverage figure stands at 67,72,11,205 as per provisional reports of the Health Ministry. This has been achieved through 70,88,424 sessions.

The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded. The last 24 hours saw a total of 17,04,970 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted 52,82,40,038 tests.

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