Tribune News Service
Patiala, October 17
Despite the government’s best efforts, only 27 per cent of the target population in the district has been fully vaccinated to date. Of a target population of 14 lakh, around 3.75 lakh beneficiaries have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Besides, not even a single village in the district has been declared fully vaccinated, despite several special efforts to cover the rural population.
The Health Department, however, said that around 10. 22 lakh (73 percent) beneficiaries had received their first dose in the district. The district health authorities on Sunday administered 1,536 doses of Covid vaccine.
It has been learnt that the daily vaccination count has been low over the past week. Officials of the Health Department claimed that the vaccination drive had reached a saturation point due to various reasons. Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Prince Sodhi said that the vaccination drive was hit by the ongoing festive season, consequently, the daily count has gone down.
He also admitted that people had become complacent about the virus, in the face of the minimal daily positive cases in the district. He said, “People due to festival season are not coming forward for vaccination. We are expecting that number will increase once the festival season is over.”
When asked about poor vaccination in rural areas, Sodhi said that the Health Department had recently held a meeting with the district administration wherein it was decided that officials of the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat and other departments would mobilise people for the vaccination. He said, “We have already made a strategy to cover a maximum population in the rural areas. We have already given vaccination targets to doctors in villages.”
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