Bengaluru: Amid fears of new Covid variant Omicron and the outbreak of a possible third wave of the pandemic, the primary health centers (PHCs) of the state, which witnessed low turnout till last week, are now recording large footfall.
Between November 20 and 27, as many as 27.64 lakh people have taken the vaccine shots, marking an increase in numbers when compared to the previous two weeks.
About 20.90 lakh doses were administered between November 13 and 20, while 17.54 lakh persons took the shot between November 6 and 13.
There has been an increase in the number of persons who took the first dose, which rose to 7 lakh last week as compared to 4-5 lakh earlier, according to the state health department data.
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The health department has set a target of achieving 100 percent vaccination by December end. However, 43 lakh people will have to get their first dose of vaccination.
“Earlier, people complained about the non-availability of vaccine shots. Now we have a stock of 80 lakh doses but people are not coming forward,” Health Minister K. Sudhakar had said earlier.
The state has identified 4.87 crores eligible population for Covid vaccination. So far, 4.44 crore people have been jabbed. To achieve the target, 1.5 lakh people will have to be vaccinated every day with the first dose. Till 9 pm on Sunday, the state had administered 7,32,82,587 vaccine doses.
Karnataka is in the seventh place in the country in terms of vaccination after Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Bihar, the health department said.
(With inputs from IANS)