Ranchi: The first phase of the special drive aimed at improving vaccination coverage among senior citizens and people with co-morbidity saw 2.5 lakh beneficiaries getting vaccinated, nearly 50,000 more than the target figure.
According to the data released by the state health department, a total of 2,55,887 beneficiaries were vaccinated in the last 48 hours; 1,15,715 were given the jab on Saturday and 1,40,172 on Sunday. The total number of beneficiaries above 60 years was 2,13,564 and the rest 42,323 were those with co-morbidity between 45-59 years.
Talking to TOI, MD NHM Ravishankar Shukla said: “I would like to thank the members of the self-help groups, anganwadi sevikas, sahiyas, vaccinators as well as our data-entry operators, among others. All of them played a vital role in the success of the drive. I am delighted to share that one of our session site in-charge at a remote block handled the portal smoothly by carrying out face authentication.”
Palamu emerged as the top district during the drive by inoculating a total of 23,435 beneficiaries in the last two days. The district administered 10,989 beneficiaries on Saturday, while the number rose to 12,446 on Sunday.
Palamu deputy commissioner Shashi Ranjan said: “Meticulous planning, mobilisation of beneficiaries and the hard work of our staff contributed to the result. I would also thank members of JSLPS and anganwadi sevikas, who played a pivotal role in getting the maximum number of beneficiaries to the centres.”
Meanwhile, a 107-year-old Makina Khatun of Bhojpur under Markachho block took the vaccine on Sunday. She is the oldest woman in the state. Khatun said that she didn’t experience any difficulty after receiving the jab.