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Covid vaccination in India: Rural areas administered more doses than urban areas in record vaccination on June 21; Government | India News


NEW DELHI: While India achieved a “historic milestone” by administering 88.09 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccine in a single day on June 21, nearly 64 percent of injections were administered in rural areas, the government said Tuesday. , and noted that it has been possible thanks to a “synchronized, well-orchestrated and convergent approach” between the central and state authorities and the people.
In a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that Madhya Pradesh administered the maximum number of doses on June 21, followed by Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Assam.
Additionally, 92.20% of vaccinations were performed at government Covid-19 vaccination centers, while 7.80% were performed at private CVCs.
“Of the total doses administered, women represented 46.35 percent of those vaccinated, men 53.63 percent and others 0.02 percent,” he said.
A historic milestone was achieved on June 21: doses of 88.09 lakh administered in a single day. Among the doses, 36.32 percent were administered in urban areas and 63.68 percent in rural areas, Bhushan said.
NITI member Aayog (Health) VK Paul said that rural vaccination coverage has been remarkable and in good proportion. And it shows that rural outreach is possible.
Since vaccination began in mid-January, India has administered 29.16 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines until 3 p.m. on June 22.
In response to a question about the record single day vaccination, Bhushan said: “What happened yesterday was not sudden, it was the result of coordinated planning in which state governments and the Union government collaborated and worked very hard. and what is happening today is part of that planning. and what will happen in the remaining eight days of June are part of that collaborative planning. ”
He further said that from June 1 to 21 the average vaccination per day has been 34,62,841, making a jump to 88 lakh possible when capacity and vaccine are available.
Paul said the record vaccination on June 21 was made possible on the first day of implementation of the new revised guidelines through a “synchronized, well-orchestrated and convergent approach” between the Union and state governments, and above all the people of India.
“It demonstrated the daily vaccination capacity of India. We hope that once the private sector joins the campaign fully, this capacity will increase a lot,” Paul said.
Speaking about the general situation of the pandemic in the country, Paul said there is constant improvement, but stressed that people should continue to follow appropriate Covid behavior and avoid crowds and parties. He also emphasized the increased adoption of vaccination.
Bhushan said there has been a nearly 90 percent decrease in daily Covid-19 cases in India compared to the highest peak reported on May 7.
A sharp decline in weekly positivity has also been observed – an 84 percent decrease from the highest reported weekly positivity of 21.4 percent recorded between May 4-10.
Paul said there are four elements that lead to the formation of a new wave. These are behaviors of the virus that has the ability and ability to spread and a susceptible host – the virus continues to search for susceptible hosts to survive.
Third, there is transmissibility: the virus can become intelligent enough where it mutates and becomes more transmissible.
The fourth is the opportunity “that we give the virus to become infected. If we sit and eat together, we huddle together, we sit in closed areas without masks, then the virus has more opportunities to spread. A call to do what it is in our hands “.
NITI member Aayog said that of the four above, two items, susceptibility and opportunities for infection, are fully under our control, while the other two, virus behavior and transmissibility, cannot be predicted or controlled.
Speaking of easing restrictions and reopening schools, Paul said the decision should be made with caution and that we should take risks only when we are protected.
“The school is a crowd, a medium or large gathering, which provides the opportunity for the virus to become infected. Therefore, we must take that risk only when we are better protected, the virus is suppressed and we can sit at a distance. But No it’s easy to make this decision to open schools when an unpredictable situation prevails. ”
He also mentioned that the virus is currently suppressed due to discipline and restrictions that prevail in many states, and if restrictions are eased and schools open, then the virus has a chance to infect.
Responding to a question, Paul said: “The elderly can resume their normal life if they are fully vaccinated and without comorbidities, but they should also take precautions such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds.”
“They can also go for a walk outside, but not to crowded places … they would still have to take precautions,” Paul said.
In response to another question, Bhushan said that Cowin has established itself as a robust platform that handled a maximum traffic of 2.4 billion in one day without fail and the day the platform was opened to more than 18 people in the first six hours of opening saw 13.7 million visits and the system did not crash.
“A large number of countries are interested in taking the technology and using it, and the National Health Authority, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are together planning a global webinar in which countries would potentially be invited interested and we would be more than willing to share the technology and solution with them, “he said.

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