Commissioner of rural development and COVID in charge secretary for Banaskantha, Vijay Nehra on Tuesday said the 98% vaccination coverage for those above 45 years of age in the district was a result of the meticulous planning by the district administration.
The remote and predominantly rural district with 14 talukas and 1,233 villages has seen a 98% vaccination coverage for those above 45 years of age. In a letter, Nehra however said it was unfair to give him credit for the same as all the work for it was done by district collector Anand Patel and District Development Officer Ajay Dahiya.
In the letter, he said his involvement was limited to guiding the district administration and at best his contribution to the stupendous vaccination coverage was marginal.
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— Vijay Nehra (@vnehra) May 11, 2021
Explaining how the district managed to get the achievement, Vijay Nehra said micro-planning, meticulous execution, and close monitoring played a role. The administration roped in religious and community leaders, Self Help Groups (SHGs), and Dairy cooperatives. Vaccine sessions, Nehra said were planned in a demand-responsive manner.
He further said that preliminary analysis of hospitalization cases based on age and vaccination status has shown that vaccination efforts have helped save hundreds of lives.
The district has put in place a plan to ensure maximum vaccination in the 18- 44 age group as and when Banaskantha is put in the list of districts that will get the same.
COVID vaccination in Gujarat
The state saw over 1.03 crore people getting the first dose of the COVID vaccine while 33.55 lakh people have got the second dose of the vaccine. In all 1.37 crore people have got the vaccine so far.
29,817 people in the 18 to 44 year age group got vaccinated in the last 24 hours. 35,180 people above 45 years of age got the first dose of the vaccine while 1.32 lakh people got the second dose of the vaccine.
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