Double the number of senior citizens take the shot in Delhi, Health News, ET HealthWorld


NEW DELHI: The number of senior citizens getting vaccinated nearly doubled on Tuesday, the second day of the drive launched to cover the elderly and those in the age group of 45 to 59 with 20 specified comorbid conditions.

In all, 10,213 senior citizens got the shots compared with 5,176 on Monday. The number of people with comorbidities getting inoculated also increased, though the exercise was marred by glitches for the second consecutive day. The number of vaccination sites have been increased from 303 to 341 to cater to the growing numbers. The total turnout was 62.3%.

Day 2: Double the number of senior citizens take the shot in Delhi

Glitches in Co-Win, including in registration and verification, were reported from various centres. This caused delays, throwing the process out of gear. Many centres used manual registration and inoculated those unable to register on the portal.

“The portal caused problems in registration as well as verification of the registered beneficiaries. Registered beneficiaries whose credentials could not be verified were allowed to get vaccinated after manual registration. The copies of their identity cards and registration numbers were noted down in a log. The details will be fed into the system later,” said an official.

Senior Congress functionary Ajay Maken got inoculated at a government hospital in west Delhi along with his wife, mother and mother-in-law. “I got registered for vaccination a day before. The vaccine is safe. Every eligible Indian should get it quickly,” he said.

A total of 21,277 people got inoculated, including 17,601 who got the first dose, 3,659 frontline workers and 2,287 healthcare workers. The second dose was administered to 3,676 healthcare workers. Only three minor adverse events were reported on Tuesday.

Among the prioritised age group, 74% (8,592) turned up at private facilities and 26 % (3,063) at government facilities. There were 16,700 slots available at private facilities (51%) and 7,690 at government centres (40%). In West district, 1,629 senior citizens got the jab, the highest among all districts, followed by 1,594 in South. In South East district, 1,521 senior citizens were vaccinated.

At many centres, senior citizens were seen waiting in long queues. Several cases of issues in registration of walk-in beneficiaries were reported, including delay in getting OTP. At some places, the server was down. Heated arguments between senior citizens and the staff was witnessed over technical issues and delay in inoculation. An official said the system was expected to improve in the coming days.

Despite waiting in long queues, many senior citizens and others could not get the shots because they could not be registered on the Co-Win portal. The vaccination of registered healthcare personnel and frontline workers was smooth compared with the others.

The vaccination drive started on January 16. Initially, only healthcare workers were permitted to get the jab. From February 13, the government allowed frontline workers, like security personnel, to get inoculated. In the third phase of the vaccination drive, senior citizens and those with comorbidities have been allowed because they are at a higher risk from the novel coronavirus.

According to an official report, over 12 lakh people in Delhi are above the age group of 60 and 2-3 lakh are between the age of 45 and 59 with comorbid conditions. Self-registration is being done on Co-Win. Those walking in the vaccination centres are registered on the spot. The credentials of pre-registered beneficiaries are verified before they are inoculated.

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