All above 18 in Kerala given first dose of vaccine: Minister

  • | Friday | 21st January, 2022

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 21 (PTI): A day after the Kerala government imposed fresh restrictions to contain rising COVID-19 cases in the State, Health Minister Veena George on Friday said 100 per cent of the targeted population above the age of 18 years have been given the first dose of vaccine and 83 per cent of the total population given both doses. Over five crore doses have been given to people belonging to various categories and it was significant to achieve this feat at a time when the pandemic is surging, she told reporters here. "The goal was achieved through a special vaccination drive keeping in focus the third wave of the pandemic. The vaccine doses have been allotted by the Centre after calculating the population above the age of 18 to be 2,67,09,000," George said. Also, she urged those yet to receive the jab to get vaccinated soon. Stating that in the wake of the spread of the infection, the cases reported in offices and institutions have been increasing and a cluster management formed to tackle this. An infection control team (ICT) should be formed in all institutions and offices and selected team members should be trained on the guidelines to be followed there. If more than 10 people are down with COVID-19, the area becomes a larger cluster. The institution or office may be closed for five days on the advice of the local health authorities only if there are more than five clusters with over 10 infected people, George said. Institutions and offices should be open wherever possible and closure should be considered only a last resort, she added. Stressing the need for no anxiety or fear over the rising cases, she said only three per cent of the total 1,99,041 active cases are using hospital facility now-a-days. The State government on Thursday imposed fresh restrictions as a preventive measure to contain the rising number of COVID-19 cases. A review meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan virtually from the United States, said only essential services should be allowed on the next two Sundays -- January 23 and 30. The meeting decided also to allow working women with children below the age of two, cancer patients and seriously ill to work from home. It directed institutions including businesses, malls, beaches, and other tourist places like theme parks to ensure nil crowding and operate by adhering to COVID-19 protocols. PTI LGK NVG LGK NVG NVG

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