UP achieves 10 crore vaccine milestone

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh achieved the 10-crore vaccination milestone in style on Saturday, becoming the only state in the country to do so, while administering over one crore doses in just 10 days.
The magnitude of the achievement assumes significance when compared to the figures of some prosperous countries like Germany where over 10.6 crore doses have been administered and the UK where the 10-crore mark is yet to be reached.
The CoWin portal data updated till 8.30pm showed that the total number of vaccine doses administered in UP had reached 10.03 crore. In terms of people, more than 8.15 crore persons have taken at least the first dose while 1.86 crore are fully vaccinated.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath applauded the health workers for putting their best efforts and creating one milestone after another.
“This achievement is dedicated to the committed health workers and disciplined citizens. Every eligible person must get their teeka jeet ka,” the CM tweeted.
He also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ensuring the delivery of required vaccine doses to Uttar Pradesh.
It is heartening to note that the total number of doses administered in the country is 85.51 crore and UP’s share in it is over 12%.
UP is way ahead of its nearest competitor Maharashtra where total 7.80 crore doses have been administered with Madhya Pradesh (6.08 crore), Gujarat (5.93 crore) and West Bengal (5.55 crore) occupying the subsequent ranks.
Among districts, state capital Lucknow tops with over 35.5 lakh doses while Chitrakoot ranks last with 4.43 lakh doses. Ghaziabad (26.08 lakh), Prayagraj (24.4 lakh), Gorakhpur (25.04 lakh) and Gautam Budh Nagar (23.87 lakh) are the other districts in top five.
In all, 24 districts have been able to administer more than 15 lakh doses, with Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi, Bareilly, Jaunpur, Azamgarh, Meerut, Sitapur, Bulandshahr, Saharanpur, Bijnor, Hardoi, Bahraich, Ghazipur, Gonda, Kushinagar, Lakhimpur Kheri, Aligarh and Deoria figuring in the after the top five.
Experts hailed the achievement as remarkable but said that the state needs to ramp up the second dose figures. So far, only 11.9% of the eligible population in the state has taken both the doses.
The state health department’s data shows that the 18 plus population needs to be mobilised more than the 45 plus age group, since the proportion of the fully vaccinated persons in the two categories is 6.1% and 21% respectively.
“Those whose second dose is due must not waste time and get it on priority. Though a single dose also helps reduce hospitalisation and mortality, both are needed for increased protection and safety,” said a senior health officer.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 situation in UP is improving with the number of active cases in the state dipping to 177, among the lowest in the country, as just 14 new cases and 26 recoveries were reported in the past 24 hours. As many as 30 districts reported are now free from coronavirus infection with zero active cases.

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