Vaccination at Sahara Hospital on Monday
LUCKNOW: The fight against Covid-19 pandemic got a shot in the arm on Monday when nearly 1.9 lakh people in the state capital took the jab against the disease, setting a record of single-day highest inoculation since the start of the mass immunisation campaign in January this year.
Another highlight of the mega drive was that over 1.3 lakh doses were administered in the rural areas, which so far was lagging in vaccinations. More than 60,000 people took the shot in the urban areas.
Overall, 1.3 lakh people took the first dose and the remaining the second. This was the second occasion when the number of vaccinations crossed one lakh mark in Lucknow.
On September 6, about 1.04 lakh people were inoculated in a single day.
The milestone was achieved because vaccination camps were nearly doubled to 432, including 210 in the rural blocks.
Nearly 50% of the total camps were made at workplaces, residential areas, schools, community centres, panchayat bhawans, chaupal and places of worship. Altogether, 991 vaccination booths, with two vaccinators each, were set up in these camps.
Besides, 23 mobile vaccination vans were run to cater to the remote areas.
Long queues were seen outside vaccination centres since morning.
The exercise continued till late night as all the people who had reported at a centre by 5 pm were jabbed.
Though no case of vaccine adverse impact was reported till the evening, TOI reality check found lack of Covid safety protocols at many places — overcrowding with no social distancing and people without masks. Post vaccination observation rooms were also absent at several places.
Chief medical officer Dr Manoj Agrawal said “The number of vaccinations in Lucknow was highest in the state. About 48% of the beneficiaries were the people in the 18-44 age group followed by 34% in the 45-59 years category and 18% elderly.”
He also added that Lucknow is ahead of other districts in overall vaccinations so far with 10.9 lakh people out of 36 lakh adult population being fully vaccinated with two doses and 15.3 lakh partially vaccinated with a shot.