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Kutch gets state’s first drive-through vaccination centre

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As Gujarat gears up to vaccinate more people to combat the surge in COVID, Bhuj in Kutch has begun Gujarat’s first experiment with a drive-through vaccination centre.

The drive-through vaccination centre has been set up at Bhuj’s RD Varsani ground. This comes as Kutch registers a surge in cases during the second wave of COVID. The drive-through vaccination centre is to expedite the vaccination drive in the district.

The drive-through will allow people to get vaccinated without having to step out of their vehicle.  However, online registration is a must to access the drive-through vaccination facility. In all, 200 people are being vaccinated at the facility.

The facility has garnered good response and also reduces crowding. Earlier, Ahmedabad had begun a similar drive-through facility for COVID testing. This was done to reduce crowding outside testing domes.

Later, this was taken up in several other districts of the state.

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Drive-through and other vaccination in Gujarat

The state saw over 1 crore people getting the first dose of the COVID vaccine while 27.51 lakh people have got the second dose of the vaccine. In all 1.28 crore people have got the vaccine so far.

36,226 people in the 18 to 44 year age group got vaccinated in the last 24 hours. 30,678 people above 45 years of age got the first dose of the vaccine while 65,480 people got the second dose of vaccine.

The registration for COVID vaccination for those in 18 to 45 years of age is now open in the CoWin app. Spot registration is not available to people in this age category. Private hospitals, state governments, and others are directly purchasing the vaccine from the manufacturer for this age group.

 

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