Tripura has vaccinated 80% of eligible people against COVID-19: NHM

Agartala: Five months after starting the COVID-19 vaccination of healthcare workers, Tripura government has successfully vaccinated 100 per cent of the staffers with the first dose and 73 per cent with the second dose.

The state has also been successful in administering COVID-19 vaccine to over 98 per cent of people above 45 years with the first dose and 47 per cent with the second dose, said National Health Mission (NHM) Tripura mission director Siddharth Shiv Jaiswal.

He also said that a total of 18.31 lakh people have received the vaccine, which is around 80 per cent of the total eligible population of the state.

Speaking at a press conference, Jaiswal claimed that Tripura has topped in terms of vaccinating people above 45 years, healthcare workers and frontline workers, adding that the vaccination started on January 16 and 100 per cent healthcare workers have been vaccinated with the first dose till Thursday. Up to 73 per cent of them have also received the second dose, he said.

“The vaccination of frontline workers started from February 5 and 100 per cent of them have received the first dose and 56 per cent have received the second dose. Both the healthcare and frontline workers will be covered in a few days since the gap of second days has increased to 84 days for Covishield vaccine,” Jaiswal said.

He also said that for those above 45 years, the vaccination started on March 1 and as per the electoral roll and census data an estimate data was prepared according to which 98 to 100 per cent of people above 45 years have been vaccinated in the state.

“We have given the first dose to 9.69 lakh people, which means 98 percent of the population has been covered. The second dose has been administered on 47 per cent of the population from the age group,” Jaiswal added.

Speaking about the 18 to 44 age group, the mission director said that a total of 6.91 lakh people from this age group were administered vaccines which is around 50 per cent of the target population.

“The vaccination for the 18 to 44 age group started on May 13 and we have been able to vaccinate 50 per cent of the target population for the first dose. However, only 2 per cent of the total population who were administered the Covaxin have received the second dose,” Jaiswal added.

The state has received 24.9 lakh vaccine doses. Currently, there are 2.10 lakh doses available with the state.

“A three-day special vaccination drive was taken by the state govt for those above 45 years on March 24, 25 and 26, during which 2.26 lakh people were vaccinated. Similarly, on June 21 and 22, special drives for the 18-44 age group and tribal-dominated areas were undertaken, during which 3.48 lakh people were vaccinated across 1,300 vaccination centres,” Jaiswal added.

The mission director also informed that in seven gram panchayats, 100 per cent of the eligible persons were vaccinated during the special drive of vaccination.

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As on June 23, seven gram panchayats, including six from North Tripura district and one in Sepahijala, have achieved 100 per cent vaccination. These include South Hurua, Laxminagar and Gobindpur in Kalacherra block, West Tilthai in Jubarajnagar block and Agnipasa in Panisagar block under North Tripura district and Purba Chandigarh gram panchayat in Mohanbhog Block under Sepahijala district.

The mission director also said that the chief minister along with the chief secretary and district magistrates has taken stock of the situation across all the eight districts and directives to encourage more participation were made by the government.

“We took a unique initiative to mobilise people with the help of healthcare workers and NGOs and clubs. The vaccination centres were opened nearer to the residence of the elderly and sick people for their convenience. Meanwhile, priority groups were given more importance in vaccination with on-spot booking opportunities,” Jaiswal added.

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