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Under the t0w-month long programme, the government plans to inoculate 4.7 crore population in 60-plus age group

Under the t0w-month long programme, the government plans to inoculate 4.7 crore population in 60-plus age group

The government plans to focus on administering precaution dose of COVID vaccine to 4.7 crore 60-plus population, due for it by July 31, under its ongoing door-to-door Har Ghar Dastak 2.0 campaign, officials said on Sunday.

Of the estimated 13.75 crore senior citizens in the country, 11.91 crore have been administered both the doses of COVID vaccine till June 3. Of the 6.67 crore beneficiaries in the age group due for the booster dose till July 31, 1.94 crore have taken the shot.

Besides, 1.04 crore of the total estimated senior citizens are yet to take the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In 27 States, the coverage of precaution dose among 60 years and above is below the national average of 42%.

These States include Nagaland (13%), Meghalaya (15%), Arunachal Pradesh (16%), Manipur (19%), Jharkhand (27%), Punjab (24%), Maharashtra (31%), Madhya Pradesh (31%) and Assam (29%).

The second round of the door-to-door campaign to accelerate the pace and coverage of the COVID-19 vaccination commenced on June 1. It is a two-month-long programme.

The Union Health Ministry has asked the States and Union Territories to focus on vaccinating all those due for the second dose and those aged 60 and above eligible for precaution shot through the door-to-door activity.

States have also been advised to organise school-based campaigns for focussed coverage of the population in the 12 to 18 years age group. According to official data, of the estimated 7.40 crore adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years, 80% have been administered the first dose and 62% are fully vaccinated till June 3.

Besides, 73% of the estimated 4.71 crore children aged 12 to 14 years have received the first dose and 50% the second dose.

Overall, 95% of the population aged 12 years and above have been administered the first dose and 84% are fully vaccinated.

The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 last year with healthcare workers getting inoculated in the first phase. Vaccination of frontline workers started from February 2 last year.

The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on March 1 last year for people over 60 years of age and those aged 45 and above with specified comorbid conditions.

Vaccination for all people aged more than 45 years began on April 1, 2021. The government then decided to expand the ambit of the vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 years to be inoculated from May 1, 2021.

Inoculation of adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years commenced on January 3.

India began administering precaution doses of vaccines to healthcare and frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with comorbidities from January 10.

The country began inoculating children aged 12-14 from March 16 and also removed the comorbidity clause making all people aged above 60 eligible for the precaution dose.

On April 10, the country began administering precaution doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all aged above 18 years.


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