A meeting will be called by the Union Ministry of Health in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Ministers Mansukh Mandaviya and Bharti Pawar on November 3 to discuss in detail the increase in capacity immunization programs from at least 11 states with a current number below the national level. mean.
The meeting, which will be held by videoconference at 12 p.m., will also bring together Union Home Minister Amit Shah and officials from the Ministry of Health. Chief ministers from all 11 states and district magistrates from over 40 districts will be in attendance.
Just last week, Mandaviya held a meeting with all state health ministers on the need to scale up immunization across the country so that at least 100% of the first dose immunization can be completed by the end. November. The Union government also mentioned the launch of a door-to-door vaccination campaign from November 2, which marks “Dhanwantari Divas” or “Dhanteras”.
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Sources also told CNN-News18 that Prime Minister Modi will officially report the door-to-door vaccination campaign that day, which the Center has named “Har Ghar Dastak”.
The Center has noticed that several states such as Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, among others, are late by compared to the national average for the first and second dose.
It was also brought to the attention of the Center that nearly 11 million people did not come for the second dose despite being late. In total, the population of 17 states contributed to this number. More than 1.6 crore of Uttar Pradesh’s population did not come for the second dose; of that number, more than 50,000 have passed through more than four weeks, which exceeds the prescribed interval between two doses.
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Likewise, over 1.10 crore of the people of Madhya Pradesh have yet to take the second dose. The lagging population is over 86 lakh in Rajasthan and 76 lakh in Maharashtra. In Bihar, the number is over 72 lakh while Tamil Nadu has over 60 lakh of people yet to be vaccinated although it is eligible for the second dose.
Those late in Karnataka are over 51 lakh, Gujarat over 42 lakh, Chhattisgarh 39.95 lakh, Telangana 36.6 lakh, Bengal 36.16 lakh, Jharkhand at 33.8 lakh, Odisha 33 lakh, Haryana 27 lakh, Punjab 26.4 lakh, Kerala around 25 lakh and Assam over 21 lakh.
A total of 49 districts in 17 states also reported vaccination figures for the first dose of less than 50%. Jharkhand districts include Godda, Deogarh, West Singhbum, among others. Districts in Maharashtra that reported less than 50% of the first dose of vaccination include Aurangabad, Hingoli, Nanded and Beed. The districts of Manipur are Senapati, Tamenglong and others, while the districts of Meghalaya with less than 50 percent include West Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills.
Overall, India has administered more than 105 crore of vaccine so far.