The state took 14 days to vaccinate 3,06,187 people, who comprise 52% of the 5,92,260 healthcare workers scheduled to get the vaccine. In Bengaluru alone, 77,033 have been vaccinated – comprising 46% of the target. In Bengaluru on Friday, 6,047 people received the first dose at 148 vaccination session sites, a 43% coverage of the target of 14,072 healthcare workers. The lowest turnout continued to be in Ramanagara district where only 11 of 362 scheduled beneficiaries got the vaccine.
Health minister K Sudhakar said he was disappointed over continued hesitancy and urged all healthcare workers to take the vaccine. “The vaccines are safe,” he said. “The minor side effects seen are true of all other vaccines.”
On Friday, Jawaid Akhtar, additional chief secretary, health and family welfare department and Pankaj Kumar Pandey, health commissioner, took the vaccine. Dr Giridhara R Babu, epidemiologist and technical advisory committee member, were also among vaccine beneficiaries on Friday.
Meanwhile, a statewide pulse polio drive will be held on Sunday (Jan 31). The state aims to cover 64,07,930 children below the age of five years. “Though India has not had a case of polio in the past 11 years, vaccination is essential since neighbouring countries still have cases,” said Sudhakar. The drive was scheduled to be held on January 17, but was postponed due to Covid vaccination programme.