Calling it a big achievement amid a roaring pandemic, Maharashtra’s principal health secretary Dr Pradeep Vyas said that around 86.3% of healthcare workers and 72.7% frontline workers have received at least the first dose of the vaccine. “About 19.7% of the population in the 45-plus age category has been covered so far,” he added.
The state’s target population for the vaccine is an estimated three crore.
As of Sunday noon, Maharashtra had administered 1,00,38,421 doses, including over 71 lakh to those above 45 years, 15.52 lakh health workers and 12.50 lakh frontline workers. Of the one crore doses, 89.7lakh have been given the first dose and 9.5lakh both the doses, prompting experts to say that Maharashtra’s per lakh population coverage was lower than other states such as Rajasthan.
The vaccination coverage that had hit a lull last week due to shortage of doses is likely to pick up from Monday. Dr Vyas said the state had about nine lakh doses on Sunday morning. “We are likely to get 14 lakh doses by Monday,” he said. From merely 18,338 vaccinations on the first day of the national drive on January 16, daily vaccinations soared to 4.6lakh on April 3. However, the momentum was badly hit last week by the vaccine shortage that pulled down daily coverage to 2.8lakh on Saturday and 2.7lakh on Friday. A state official said Maharashtra needs a steady supply of 40 lakh doses every week to sustain the pace and augment daily vaccinations to six lakh.
In Mumbai, civic officials said 62 of the 71 private vaccination centres will start vaccination on Monday. Vaccination at all private centres got stalled on Friday due to shortage of doses.