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Only 8% of Mumbai Population Has Taken Second Shot of Covid-19 Vaccine; BMC Launches Drive to Find Out Dropouts

Despite completing the mandatory interval between two shots, more than 50,000 in Mumbai have not taken the second jab for the Covid-19 vaccine. BMC has now launched a drive to trace the people who haven’t taken the second shot. Ward offices are now given the responsibility of calling up people to inquire why they haven’t taken the second shot yet. BMC has also allowed walk-ins for people eligible for the second dose.

According to Times of India, of 93.5 lakh population in Mumbai, only 8 per cent (7.9) has taken both shots, while 31 per cent has taken the first shot of Covid-19.  Dr Sheela Jagtap, who heads the city’s immunisation department, said it was important to probe why second dose numbers were low.

“We have created seven categories listing the probable reasons why one may not have got vaccinated. It includes pregnancy, Covid infection, willingness to take it in a day or two, those untraceable, vaccinated but CoWin doesn’t reflect complete status. So far, the share of those ‘untraceable’ appears to be high. And dropouts are slightly higher among Covaxin recipients,” she reportedly said.

Maharashtra was the worst-affected state in India in the second wave of Covid-19 while Mumbai was one of the worst-affected cities in the country.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 10,989 new Covid-19 cases, taking the state’s caseload to 58,63,880. It also recorded 261 fatalities, pushing the death toll to 1,01,833, health officials said. The daily cases in the state have dipped to around 10,000 in the last two days. Maharashtra had reported 9,927 cases on March 9 this year after which the numbers had increased.

As many as 16,379 patients were discharged on Wednesday, taking the number of recovered persons to 55,97,304. The state’s recovery rate is 95.45 percent and the case fatality rate is 1.74 percent, the health department said.

Mumbai reported 785 new cases of infection and 27 deaths. The total of cases in the financial capital of the country rose to 7,12, 840, while its death toll reached 15,033 . The larger Mumbai division reported 2,403 new cases and 47 deaths, taking the region’s caseload to 15,54,814 and death toll to 28,553.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Source: News18