Hyderabad at sixth spot in vaccination drive as Bengaluru, Delhi march ahead | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: When it comes to vaccinating its registered beneficiaries, Hyderabad stands at the sixth position presently among seven top cities with 33.23 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines administered in the GHMC area.
Bengaluru, Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata are ahead of Hyderabad in the vaccination process. Altogether, 18 lakh male beneficiaries, 15 lakh females and 482 transgenders have been vaccinated in the city.
Of the 1.5 crore beneficiaries in the state, the GHMC area has 26 lakh registered beneficiaries for vaccination. Of these, 24.7 lakh have received the first dose, while only 8.6 lakh have received the second dose. The poor coverage of second doses in the city and rest of Telangana have been ascribed to low supply of vaccine doses.
“There has been irregular and less than required allocation to the state since the beginning of the vaccination programme. This has affected the second doses and thrice so far, first doses had to be put on hold to prioritize second dose,” said an official from the state health department.
“Even a fortnight ago, we were in a similar situation. This is basically due to poor planning and improper allocation to different states,” he added.
In comparison, cities like Bengaluru have administered 60.9 lakh first doses, Mumbai has given 58.5 lakh jabs and Kolkata has 35.7 lakh beneficiaries receiving the first dose.
When it comes to the second dose, Mumbai is leading, followed by Bengaluru and Kolkata.
The number of Covishield doses administered are double the number of Covaxin doses in Hyderabad, according to the data from the CoWin portal. While a total of 22.6 lakh Covishield doses have been administered, the number of Covaxin doses administered stands at 10.3 lakh. The number of Covaxin doses are the third highest in Hyderabad compared to other cities.

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