25,753 vaccine doses administered in a day in Patiala

25,753 vaccine doses administered in a day in Patiala

Beneficiaries violate social distancing norms at a vaccination centre in Mata Kaushalya Hospital, Patiala, on Friday. Tribune photo

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Patiala, July 30

The Health Department administered 25,753 doses of Covid vaccines during a mega drive here today. The vaccination count now stands at 6.10 lakh.

People in large numbers were out to get vaccine shots. Huge rush was witnessed at various vaccination sites in the district. Owing to large number of beneficiaries, people didn’t hesitate to violate the social distancing norm.

Moreover, health officials had to deal with a snag in the online portal while updating details of beneficiaries, which slowed down mega drive of vaccination. A medical officer, said, “We faced a huge problem in the online portal because it was non-functional for many hours.”

The Patiala Civil Surgeon, Dr Prince Sodhi, said they had a target of vaccination 25,000 beneficiaries. They were successful in breaching the target, he added.

“This is highest number of vaccination count in a day this month. Beneficiaries are showing enthusiasm towards vaccination drives,” he said.

Parties display flex boards at vaccination sites

Ahead of the Assembly elections, the party in power seems to be using Covid vaccination drive for their political gain. It has been learnt that many leaders have been displaying their pictures and accomplishments on flex boards at various vaccination sites. Besides, some have pasted posters outside vaccination sites. When asked about the same, the Patiala Civil Surgeon, Dr Prince Sodhi, said, “I am not aware of the issue. I will look into it.”

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, Dr Balbir Singh, said, “By following this practise, the Congress seems to have stooped to a new low. Vaccines have not been purchased by the Congress from its own pocket. It is taxpayers money and they are out to cash on it.”

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