Updated: February 22, 2022 5:48:21 am
The uptake in vaccination against Covid-19 in the 15-18 age group has been slow and state Health department officials have admitted that they are not happy with the numbers.
While 58 per cent of the projected population of beneficiaries – 34.91 lakh of 60.63 lakh – has got the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, only 19 per cent, or 11.47 lakh, has been fully immunised so far. “We are not satisfied with the performance in this age group,” Dr Pradeep Vyas, state additional chief secretary (health), Maharashtra, told The Indian Express.
In absolute numbers, only Pune, Mumbai and Thane have been able to fully vaccinate more than one lakh each of the beneficiaries in this age group. However, percentage wise, only 18 per cent of the projected population in this age group (5.53 lakh) have got both doses of the vaccine in Pune while 60 per cent have got the first shot.
In Mumbai, the target is to immunise 6.12 lakh beneficiaries. So far, 17 per cent have been fully immunised while 50 per cent have got the first Covid-19 vaccine shot.
Best of Express Premium
Some districts have recorded a higher percentage in the number of beneficiaries vaccinated but in absolute numbers the figures are less than one lakh. For instance, 55 per cent of the total beneficiaries (around 78,879) in Sangli have got both shots of the vaccine. Here the projected population is 1.44 lakh and around 73 per cent have got the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. At Bhandara too, 32 per cent of the target population – 59,568 – have got both shots of the vaccine.
Several health officials said they were keen on stepping up vaccination and are planning to hold sessions at schools and colleges. “We have written to schools and colleges to allow us to vaccinate the beneficiaries. However the attendance has been low,” said Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, assistant health chief (Pune circle), which includes Pune, Solapur and Satara.
In Pune district, according to state Health department vaccination data, nearly 3.31 lakh youngsters in this age group have got the first shot of the vaccine while 1.01 lakh are now fully vaccinated.
In Mumbai, 1.03 lakh are fully vaccinated while in Thane, 1.18 lakh have got both shots of the vaccine.
The state, over the weekend, has received 17 lakh doses of Covaxin which has been distributed to various districts. Nearly 1.5 lakh doses have been sent to Pune district, said Dr Sachin Desai, state immunisation officer. Beneficiaries can either register themselves on the Co-Win portal or walk in and get their registration done.
🗞 Subscribe Now: Get Express Premium to access our in-depth reporting, explainers and opinions 🗞️