Lucknow: Under the third phase of Centre’s ambitious vaccination campaign to immunise the country against the deadly Coronavirus, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, has so far administered the first vaccine shot around 25,000 elderly with jabs to 3,806 more on Wednesday.
Furthermore, a total 613 people with co-morbidities also took their first vaccine shots on the day, taking the overall beneficiaries number in this group to 5,809.
So far, seven rounds have been held in the Phase-3 of the mass Covid vaccination drive in which elderly people aged 60 years and above and people with co-morbidities falling in 45-59 age bracket are being inoculated.
As per reports, there are an estimated 5.5 lakh elderly and 1.1 lakh people with co-morbidities in Lucknow. Which means 4.6% of the elderly population and 5.2% of those with co-morbidities have received first shots so far.
Following new government directives, the vaccination drive is now being held on all working days, at all the private and government hospitals, to cover all the elderly and co-morbids with one shot by the end of March.
As of Wednesday data, top three centres with highest number of vaccinations were – KGMU (301), SGPGIMS (205) and RMLIMS (200), according to District immunisation officer Dr M K Singh, who said, “As the number of centres has been increased and the exercise is being carried out on all working days, it has become easy for people to get themselves inoculated, which, in turn, will lead to increase in turnout in the coming rounds.”
“Vaccination centres will increase further in the coming days ,” he further claimed.
As per Union health ministry Thursday records, India reported 22,854 new cases of Covid-19, which took the nationwide tally to 11,285,561. The number of active cases went up by 4,628, and currently stand at 1,89,226, the health ministry bulletin said.
Meanwhile, 126 people died due to the infection, which pushed the death toll up to 1,58,189. The number of those cured or discharged from hospitals reached 10,938,146.