Data shows only 23% of total population vaccinated in state | Ranchi News


Ranchi: With increase in awareness, drop in vaccine hesitancy and streamlining of vaccine supply, around 60% of the eligible population in the state has received at least the first dose.
But despite the feat, the percentage of vaccinated population is as low as 22.9.
According to the projections of the National Commission on Population (NCP), Jharkhand is estimated to have a population of 3.74 crore out of which those eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine (above the age of 18 years) is 2.47 crore which is 66% of the population. Out of the eligible category 60.2% people corresponding to 85,69,939 people have got at least their first dose (around 19 lakh among them getting both doses). Experts believe that since vaccines for all age groups are not yet available, it was necessary to achieve a close to cent per cent vaccination target for effective protection against the virus.
“We all know that the virus chain can be broken when more than 70% of the population has antibodies against the virus and given the fact that around 33% of population is ineligible for the vaccine, we must target cent per cent vaccination for the remaining population,” said a senior doctor in the state public health unwilling to be quoted. “It is premature to state anything because vaccines for the younger population are likely to be introduced,” he added.
On an average, 60,000-80,000 doses of vaccines are being administered all over the state daily. As on Thursday, the government has stocks of 4,14,500 doses of both Covishield and Covaxin, enough to run the drive at a regular pace for the next five days.
Apart from regular supply, awareness among people has also helped the state pep up its drive in urban and rural areas.
The villages in Jharkhand have taken help of hakua (villager appointed to make announcements) in spreading awareness. Ward member of Gunia village under Ghaghra block of Gumla district, Sudarshan Gope, said they have been collecting the eligible villagers by making announcements through the hakua. “We invite the vaccinators and press the hakua into service to make announcements to collect them at anganwadi centres,” he said, clarifying that in the farming season, no one wants to waste their days work by sitting at the anganwadi centres waiting for the vaccinators, so the method was devised.
In Senha block of Lohardaga district, Karamchand Oraon, a village headman, has been spreading awareness by making rounds on his bicycle. “I use the video messages that I receive on my phone to convince the villagers but I am sure they will turn up once the paddy sowing is complete,” he said, explaining the reason for the low turnouts at the vaccine centres in his village.


Source link