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The day two of Covid-19 vaccination in Uttar Pradesh will take place on Friday with the state government targeting to inoculate 1.5 lakh healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses, at 1,500 vaccination centres across the state.
Unlike most of the states that continued with daily inoculation of people since the launch of Covid vaccination on January 16, Uttar Pradesh carried out the process for only one day and halted it to this Friday. Now the government plans to carry out the vaccination twice a week – Thursday and Friday – from next week, and has increased the number of vaccination centres from 317 to close to 1,500.
“The second round of vaccination is starting tomorrow (Friday)… From next week, we will start vaccination two consecutive days a week – on Thursdays and Fridays. All the preparations for it are complete. For tomorrow, around 1,400-1,500 vaccination booths have been set up in the state. The site allocation through CoWin portal and the preparation of the beneficiaries’ list is going on.”
“We have completed the details for 1,200 sessions and the rest would be completed by the end of the day. Estimating that 100 people will be vaccinated in a booth. We will be administering the first dose of the vaccine to around 1.4 lakh to 1.5 lakh health workers tomorrow,” Principal Secretary (Health) Alok Kumar told mediapersons on Thursday.
On the first day of the vaccination on January 16, a total of 22,643 doctors and healthcare workers – 71 per cent of 31,700 listed – got the first dose of their vaccines – wither Serum Institute of India’s Covidshield vaccine or Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.
As per an estimate, around 9 lakh healthcare workers in the state will be vaccinated in the first phase as per the central government’s guidelines.
Initially, the UP government had planned to vaccinate the 9 lakh health workers in just first three days. But now the authorities say that it could take some more time.
Meanwhile, health officials confirmed that the state has received an additional 9.11 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Taking the total number of doses available to the state to around 20 lakh.
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