Mammoth vaccination drive on Prime Minister’s birthday today | Patna News – Times of India


PATNA: The state health department has made all necessary arrangements to conduct a mega Covid vaccination drive on Friday to mark the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The state has a stock of around 40 lakh doses of Covaxin and Covishield vaccines and it wants to break all previous records as far as number of vaccination in a day is concerned.
The number of session sites has been increased to 14,157 for the mega vaccination drive. At nearly 1,000, maximum number of vaccination centres has been set up in East Champaran, followed by Vaishali (900), Patna (840), Samastipur (603) and Muzaffarpur (600). Around 50,000 health personnel, including ANMs, paramedics and data entry operators have been deployed at the vaccination centres across the state.
Health minister Mangal Pandey said preparations for the mega vaccination drive have been completed in all the districts. “There will be the highest single-day vaccination in the state on Friday. All previous records will be broken. More than 14,000 vaccine centres have been set up for the purposed. More than 4.63 crore people have received at least one dose of the available Covid vaccines in the state. We have set a target to take the number to 5.5 crore by the end of this month,” the minister said.
“The target of administering six crore vaccine doses in six months will be completed ahead of time and it will be a big achievement for Bihar in the war against coronavirus,” Pandey said, adding thanks to the efforts made by the health department, the number of daily Covid-19 cases has come down in the state.
Sanjay Kumar Singh, special secretary-cum-executive director, State Health Society and Bihar Aids Control Society, said no specific target has been set for the special vaccine drive, but the idea is to vaccinate maximum number of people in a single day. “We received 14 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine on Thursday. With this, our vaccine stock has increased to 40 lakh. We have sent the vaccine doses to all the districts,” he said.
Singh added he held a meeting with the district magistrates and the civil surgeons regarding the special drive and asked them to ensure maximum inoculation. “Around 2.2 crore people have received Covid-19 vaccines in the last two months and we have set a target to vaccinate 3 crore more people by the end of September. We are much ahead of our target to vaccinate 6 crore eligible population in six months.”
As many as 4,63,58,645 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the state so far. At least 3.8 crore people have received their first and 82.85 lakh second shots in the state. According to the government data, at least 50% of the eligible population has received at least the first dose of vaccine in the state 10.6% both doses.

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