Ludhiana continues to lead with 14.41L vaccinations as Punjab inches close to 10-million mark

Ludhiana continues to lead with 14.41L vaccinations as Punjab inches close to 10-million mark

Nitin Jain

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 28

If hesitancy and unfounded misconceptions were coming in way earlier, the acute shortage of vaccines has stalled the ongoing Covid vaccination drive in the district for the past four days.

Confirming that the inoculation drive has been suspended in the district since July 25, District Immunisation Officer Dr Puneet Juneja told The Tribune that no vaccine has been available in the district for the past four days and the vaccination programme will be restored once the vaccines arrive.

Till July 24 when the last vaccination was done, Ludhiana district jabbed 14,41,147 beneficiaries above 18 years of age. With 20,149 persons inoculated on July 24, the total vaccinated population included 39,180 at the industrial houses, 2,06,808 at private hospitals and 11,95,159 at the government institutions.

With the state inching closer to 10-million inoculation mark, which is almost one third of the total population, Ludhiana continues to lead Punjab by vaccinating its over 41 per cent people so far.

The vaccination inventory compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, which is available with The Tribune, revealed that 79,11,161 persons were given Covishield shots, while 11,25,163 beneficiaries were Covaxin jabs in the state till July 20.

However, the total vaccination figure in the state has touched close to 94 lakh till Wednesday.

The category-wise break-up showed that 2,13,388 healthcare workers have been given first dose, 1,31,957 second; 11,37,088 frontline workers first, 3,03,060 second; 37,11,330 population above 45 years first, 10,55901 second; 24,19,873 beneficiaries between 18 and 44 years have got their first shot and 67,041 second.

When it comes to Ludhiana, 32,776 healthcare workers have been given first jab, 22,236 second; 1,08,438 frontline workers first, 28,248 second; 3,56,319 beneficiaries between 18 and 44 years first dose of Covishield, 40,349 second; 94,816 first shot of Covaxin, 14,513 second; 3,52,082 population between 45 and 60 years given first jab, 1,15,981 second; 2,05,526 persons above 60 years of age given first dose, and 69,863 second dose till July 24. The allocation and supply status suggested that Punjab has received a total of 14,97,830 vaccine doses in July so far, which was almost half than the total allocation of 28,16,100 shots, including 21,12,070 for the government sector and 7,04,030 for private institutions.

The state was allocated 17,52,710 doses of Covishield and 3,59,360 doses of Covaxin for use in government hospitals, while 5,84,240 Covishield and 1,19,790 Covaxin shots were allocated for private centres in the state for July.

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