despite the increase COVID-19 As cases and the Center urged states to reach 100 per cent eligible population during the ‘Har Ghar Dastak 2.0’ campaign that began in June, Delhi’s vaccination drive has been slow. In Delhi, only 3.17 lakh doses were given in the first fourteen days of June, while 3.2 lakh doses were given during the last fourteen days of May.
Usually, as cases start to rise, vaccination is ramped up. The data shows that the number of precautionary doses being given in the city has increased and the number of shots given to children has decreased. The second phase of the door-to-door campaign is to focus on ensuring that children above the age of 12 get both their dose and children above the age of 60 get their precautionary dose.
Children were administered 58,766 doses in the first fourteen days of June, compared to 93,835 doses administered during the last 14 days of May. As a precautionary dose, 1.7 lakh doses were given during the first 14 days of June, while 1.5 lakh doses were given in the last 14 days of May, according to data from the government’s CoWIN portal.
So far 1.8 crore first doses, 1.5 crore second doses and 13 lakh precautionary doses have been given in the capital. Across the country, 96.3 percent of all individuals over the age of 15 have received at least one dose and 86.3 percent have received both.
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The Centre’s door-to-door campaign was to reach out to out-of-school children with a focus on jails and brick kilns as well as old age homes, schools and colleges. States were also asked to review the administration of precautionary doses for people in the age group of 18 to 59 years at private centres. Delhi is one of the states that has made the precautionary dose free for all adults.