Covid vaccination: Kerala fails to finish phase I on time
| Monday | 8th February, 2021
The state has missed its deadline for the completion of the first phase of vaccination among healthcare workers (HCW). It managed to vaccinate only 2,90,112 HCWs against the target of 4,08,723 by the deadline of February 5.Health Minister KK Shailaja has warned against the slow rate of vaccination and has urged to speed up the process as the second phase is set to begin on February14.
The state has missed its deadline for the completion of the first phase of vaccination among healthcare workers (HCW). It managed to vaccinate only 2,90,112 HCWs against the target of 4,08,723 by the deadline of February 5. Health Minister KK Shailaja has warned against the slow rate of vaccination and has urged to speed up the process as the second phase is set to begin on February14.
“Those who have registered with the Covaxin App should get vaccinated as scheduled,” said the health minister. “It has been found that some people are not coming to the vaccine centres on the allotted dates. Hence, we have directed all the healthcare workers to inform the vaccine centres if they are not able to come on the date allotted to them.” “If anyone is not giving prior intimation that they will not be coming to the vaccine centres, they will lose the opportunity for getting vaccinated. It has been found that since these people are not coming on time, it is affecting the vaccination process,” Shailaja said.
The ministers added that the government has instructed all healthcare workers, and ASHA and Anganwadi workers to take the vaccination without fail. “The government has to go ahead with the second phase of the vaccination from the second week of this month,” she added. The total number of health workers registered for the first phase include those in the government and private sector and those in central government services.
Ernakulam has the highest number of registrations from the HCWs, 69,761 while in Thiruvananthapuram, the registered number is 52,995. The other district-wise numbers are Alappuzha, 22,701, Kannur, 29,762, Kollam, 23,019, Kottayam, 28,855, Kozhikode, 36,982, Malappuram, 27,444, Palakkad, 27,135, Pathanamthitta, 20,822 and Thrissur, 41,316. Idukki, Kasaragod and Wayanad have fewer healthcare workers left to be vaccinated as the registrations in those districts were also less. In Wayanad, 11,193, Idukki 9,421 and Kasaragod 7,317 HCWs had registered and to date, 90% of the target has been met.
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