Agartala: Tripura will achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 by the end of December if the vaccination process continues at the current pace, said Dr Tapan Majumder, chief microbiologist of Agartala Government Medical College (AGMC).

It will be possible to give a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 80 per cent of the residents by December and their bodies will develop more immunity in the fight against the coronavirus, Majumder added.

Speaking at a press conference, a team of experts from National Health Mission, Tripura and the health department said that if everyone is vaccinated by December, it will be possible to stop the third wave of COVID-19 in the state.

So far, 31,3,445 people have been vaccinated in Tripura. Among them 23,26,835 people were given the first dose and 7,76,610 people received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Officials from the Tripura health department said the first phase of vaccination in Tripura started on January 16. The second phase of vaccination began on February 5.

According to the data, 53,807 health workers received the first dose and 41,724 received the second dose. Besides, 96,621 frontline workers got the first dose and 60,182 received the second.

According to the health department, the third phase of vaccination was started from March 1 for those in their 60s and over 45 years. The first dose of the vaccine has been received by 10,44,363 people above the age of 45 years and the second by 6,53,331 people so far.

The vaccination of people between 18 and 44 years started from May 13. In the fourth phase, 11,32,44 people got the first dose of vaccine and 21,373 people got the second.

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The department of health claims that the number of second doses has been relatively low due to the 84-day interval between the two doses.

The health department further said that special operations have been carried out in Tripura to vaccinate people with the second dose. From July 21 to July 29, a total 1,62,527 beneficiaries have taken the first dose of the vaccine under the special vaccination campaign.

Meanwhile, 5,60,930 COVID-19 vaccine doses are in stock in the state. Also, 2.15 lakh doses of Covishield and 15,210 doses of Covaxin arrived on Friday, the health officials added.

Dr Majumdar also said that Tripura has not yet crossed the second wave of the COVID-19. However, it is possible to fight the disease through vaccination, he added.



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