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Chandigarh: 75,000 eligible people yet to get second dose of Covid-19 vaccine

"People who got their first dose from Chandigarh and then went to other places may get their second dose from anywhere in India and should not delay it further for their return to Chandigarh," said the UT administration.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh |
Updated: November 18, 2021 6:23:23 am
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At least 75,000 people in Chandigarh who receieved their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine are yet to take their second dose, said the Chandigarh administration on Wednesday. Chandigarh has a target population of 8,43,000 of people above 18 years eligible for Covid vaccination. The first dose of vaccine has already been administered to 9,33,000 people belonging to this group which indicates that many of the residents of other states have got their vaccination done in the UT.

“However, for second dose, the target is yet to be achieved and presently about 70 percent of the target population has been covered. More than 75,000 persons who have got first dose of vaccination and completed the prescribed gap are yet to get their second dose. Each of them are being separately contacted on their registered numbers and a drive has been undertaken to administer the second dose.

People who got first dose from Chandigarh and then moved to other places, can get their second dose from anywhere in the India and should not delay it further, or wait to return to Chandigarh,” the administration said.

It was also added that all the market, trade, and resident welfare associations, vyapar mandals, NGOs and corporates, etc., should ensure that all eligible persons in the families of their staff receive both the doses of the vaccine and their relatives and friends are also covered.

Many of the NGOs, associations and corporates have come forward to encourage vaccination in Chandigarh with an aim of 100 percent vaccination of the target population with both doses. Trident Group, Kandhari Beverages Private Limited, Hotel and Restaurant Association, Chandigarh have offered to provide gift hampers, coupons, etc., to those persons who come forward for vaccination.

It was stated that any of the organisations or associations who want to contribute at least 25 gift hampers of Rs 1,000 each, may contact officers Rakesh Popli, Director Hospitality, UT Administration, Chandigarh or Rajiv Tiwari, Director Public Relations, UT Administration, Chandigarh.

A lucky draw will be held in the first week of December to select at least 200 winners. The number of winners may be more depending on the sponsor organisations. People getting the vaccine in Chandigarh between November 18 and 30 will be included in the lucky draw. “The UT Administration has sufficient number of vaccines and there is no waiting time for getting the vaccination either for first dose or for second dose,” it was added.

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