With few or no cases of Covid in the past few months, adults in Chandigarh were given their third dose of the Covid vaccine. This has become alarming as only 13% of UT adults are vaccinated with the third (booster) dose.
The central government recently raised the alarm over rising infections in China and other countries.
Worryingly, about 33% of UT children between the ages of 12 and 18 have not even received the second dose of the vaccine.
A person is said to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 if they receive two doses of the vaccine. The Center had set a target of 8.43 lakh adults to be immunized in Chandigarh. As on Friday, 10,89,216 (129%) people, including migrants, have had their first shot in UT, and 9,17,575 (108%) have been fully vaccinated. UT managed to fully vaccinate all adults on January 25 this year, to be eligible for the third dose in July.
So far in Chandigarh, only 13% (1,11,082) adults (including all categories) have taken the third dose.
Also, as per the target set by the Union government, more than 45,000 children in the age group of 12-15 are eligible for the Covid vaccine in Chandigarh, but only 81% (36,413) have received the first dose, and there is double dose coverage. in 55% (24,882).
Among children aged 15-18, 72,000 are eligible to receive the vaccine. As of Friday, 74,975 children (104%) have received the first dose, and only 53,993 (74%) are fully vaccinated.
UT Director of Health Services Dr Suman Singh said, “Amid the rise in cases in other countries, we need to increase vigilance and continue anti-Covid behavior to prevent a surge in cases in Chandigarh. Even though we are reporting zero or a few cases every day, the virus is still deadly without a vaccine. for people without, the elderly and comorbidities. Children should be vaccinated when they go to school and university, and adults should take the third dose as a precaution.”
Amid fresh concerns, the UT health department on Wednesday announced mandatory tests for Covid at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, and the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16. UT will also conduct random testing. Among patients presenting in OPDs.