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13 L doses given within 3 months in Pune under door-to-door campaign

The ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ (knock at every door) campaign was launched on November 3 across the country and was aimed at awareness, mobilisation and vaccination of all eligible beneficiaries via house-to-house visits.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune |
Updated: January 19, 2022 9:51:16 am
Kids in Pune get vaccinated against Covid-19. (Express Photo by Arul Horizon)

The ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ Covid-19 vaccination campaign has resulted in more than 13 lakh doses being administered in the last two-and-a-half months in Pune district. Of the 13.60 lakh vaccine doses, more than four lakh were administered to first-time beneficiaries while the rest 9.5 lakh got their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ (knock at every door) campaign was launched on November 3, 2021 across the country and was aimed at awareness, mobilisation and vaccination of all eligible beneficiaries through house-to-house visits.

In Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) area, 3.68 lakh vaccine doses were administered of which 93,033 beneficiaries got the first vaccine dose while 2.75 lakh beneficiaries got their second shot of the anti-Covid vaccine.

In Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation area, 3.9 lakh vaccine doses were administered of which 1.36 lakh beneficiaries got the first vaccine shot while 4.16 lakh got the second dose. In Pune rural, more than 5.9 lakh vaccine doses were administered of which 1.75 lakh beneficiaries got the first vaccine dose while 4.16 lakh got the second shot.

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“We identified people in each village who had not been vaccinated. This was done at the gram sabha level on November 16 last year. At least 58,000 such people were identified,” Ayush Prasad, chief executive officer (CEO), Pune Zilla Parishad, told The Indian Express.

“Through home visits, more than 41,000 beneficiaries were administered the vaccine dose. The remaining 17-18,000 people refused to get vaccinated owing to their personal beliefs and health-related ailments. Our teams have visited them five times till now to clear their doubts,” Prasad added.

The daily target of beneficiaries to be reached was set at 60,000, Prasad said, adding that more than 250 low-performing villages/wards were identified.

Over 2,500 teams were identified for the vaccination programme which is still underway. Dr Sushrut Shah, medical officer from Bijawdi primary health centre near Indapur tehsil, Pune district, said that people who earn Rs 300 daily have to miss out on their wages if they have to take a day off from their work at the sugarcane fields. “So, we decided to reach out to such workers and conduct a vaccination camp for them the last two days. Over 300 beneficiaries have got vaccine shots,” he said.

47 % in 15-17 age group receive first dose of vaccine

Of 5.53 lakh eligible beneficiaries in the 15-17 age group, at least 47 per cent have got their first anti-Covid vaccine shot in Pune. Till January 17, a total of 2.61 lakh beneficiaries had received their first shot. In Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) area, total number of eligible beneficiaries in the age group is 2.24 lakh, of which 27 per cent — 61,099 — have been vaccinated with the first dose. In Pimpri-Chinchwad, of the 1.16 lakh estimated beneficiaries in the age group, 40,853 have got their first dose. The number of estimated beneficiaries in Pune rural is 2.11 lakh of which 75 per cent — 1.6 lakh– have got the first dose of the vaccine, district health authorities said. Besides, a total of 40,240 healthcare workers, front line workers and those above 60 years, who fit in the criteria of completing nine months since the second dose, have received their precautionary dose until January 17.

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