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Gujarat plans to administer 35 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses on PM Modi’s birthday

The state has covered 5,906 villages with nearly 100 per cent first-dose vaccination. With the mega drive on Friday, it plans to cover 1,600 more villages in a single day.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
Updated: September 17, 2021 3:25:58 am
the state plans to complete nearly 100 per cent first-dose vaccination for the eligible population in 7,500 out of the 18,215 villages in the state. (File)

A mega vaccination drive is planned on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday with the state health department announcing that it plans to administer 35 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine on Friday.

Gujarat has so far administered over 5.35 crore doses with the highest single-day vaccination coverage being over eight lakh doses on August 31. On Thursday, 2.37 lakh doses were administered in the state, as per the CoWIN dashboard.

On September 12 and 13, the state administered fewer than two lakh doses each, among the lowest coverage days in the month so far.

According to additional chief secretary, health department, Manoj Aggarwal, the state plans to complete near 100 per cent coverage among its vaccine-eligible population with the first dose of the Covid vaccine in 7,500 villages of the total 18,215 villages in the state.

The state has till date covered 5,906 villages in the state with nearly 100 per cent coverage with the first dose. With the mega drive, it plans to add another 1,600 villages to the list in a single day.

For the mega drive on Friday, among the 33 districts and eight municipal corporations, 2.75 lakh doses have been allocated to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corpora-tion (AMC), followed by 2.42 lakh doses for the Surat Municipal Corporation. The least number — 8,800 doses — has been allocated for Junagadh Municipal Corporation (doses) followed by 16,500 doses for the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation.

While 88 per cent of healthcare workers who took the first dose have received the second dose as well since the vaccination drive began on January 16, while 86 per cent of the frontline workers who got the first dose have got the second shot. About 10 per cent of first dose takers in the 18-44 years’ group have completed both the doses. Vaccination for the above-18 age group began across the state on June 4.

Notably, the Gir Somnath district has seen the highest village coverage among all districts where 235 of the total 345 villages (68 per cent) have seen near 100 per cent coverage with the first dose. The district has been allocated 49,500 doses for the mega drive.

Dang has seen only about four per cent of its villages (12 of total 311 villages) where the first dose coverage has been nearly 100 per cent completed. The district has been allocated 18,700 doses on Friday.

Aggarwal added that the state health department has conducted a serosurvey of its population with approximately 400-500 subjects, including children above the age of 10 years, the results of which “will be out soon”.

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