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Day after a high of 1.85 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses, vaccination numbers in Pune district drop by half

Only 744 vaccination centres were open on Wednesday -- 481 public and 263 private ones -- as compared to Tuesday when vaccination took place at a total of 806 centres, including 545 public and 261 private ones.

Written by Atikh Rashid | Pune |
Updated: September 9, 2021 11:01:52 am
Pune, Covid-19People wait to get inoculated outside a covid vaccination centre in Pune. (Express Photo by Arul Horizon)

After administering a high of 1.85 lakh vaccine doses on Tuesday, the number of people vaccinated in Pune district fell by almost half on Wednesday, with only 94,000 doses being administered at public and private centres till the evening.

Only 744 vaccination centres were open on Wednesday — 481 public and 263 private ones — as compared to Tuesday when vaccination took place at a total of 806 centres, including 545 public and 261 private ones. As many as 64 vaccination centres at public health facilities were shut on Wednesday.

Officials said the pace of vaccination slowed down on Wednesday as an effect of the ‘mega drive’ held on Tuesday, as most of the available stock was utilised for the purpose.

“We didn’t have much stock after Tuesday’s drive. On Thursday, the number will be even lower. We are scheduled to get fresh stock of vaccines on Friday and you will see that the drive will pick up from Saturday,” said Sanjay Deshmukh, assistant director (Health), Pune Circle.

On Tuesday, Pune district had administered 1,85,771 lakh doses. District officials said this was made achievable by comparatively better availability of vaccines and concerted efforts by public and private health professionals.

Pune Rural region had administered 1.02 lakh doses on Tuesday, thereby inoculating more persons than Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad cities combined. In the jurisdiction of Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, a total of 82,946 doses were administered cumulatively on Tuesday.

Ayush Prasad, chief executive officer of Pune Zilla Parishad, said that the vaccine drive has picked up in rural areas because of concerted efforts taken by the administration and health authorities.

“We have involved the local leadership at Gram Panchayat levels to identify beneficiaries and motivate them to reach the centres. We have also provided all the facilities that are expected to be provided at an ideal vaccination centre. Electoral roll calls have been provided to ASHA workers so that they can reach out to families that have been left out,” said Prasad.

Pune district has been consistently topping the chart of daily vaccinations in the state. In August, the district had inoculated as many as 18.8 lakh beneficiaries. In July, the district had administered 17.81 lakh doses at public and private vaccination centres.

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