Noida/Ghaziabad: The third phase of the vaccination drive was conducted across 23 centres in Gautam Budh Nagar and 35 centres in Ghaziabad on Saturday. While over 2,500 people were inoculated in GB Nagar, 3,183 people took the jabs in neighbouring Ghaziabad. The turnout for both districts was lower than Friday.
In Noida, six government and 17 private facilities on Saturday vaccinated 981 and 1,525 people, respectively. Overall, 2,506 people got the vaccine shots in Noida, Greater Noida and rural parts of the district.
Chief medical officer Deepak Ohri said that 1,563 people were aged above 60 while 682 were the ones in the 45-59 age group with comorbidities.
Officials said that the number of people turning up for the jab is higher in the third round of vaccinations that started on March 1. Nearly 2.56 lakh have to be given doses during the drive, out of which a target of 65,000 was set as target for March. Among them, 41,000 individuals have got the shots by March 20.
In Ghaziabad, 2,124 people in the 60+ age group took the jab on Saturday while 674 in the 45 to 59 age group with comorbidities turned up at the centres.
“A total of 1,389 people were vaccinated at 10 government facilities and 1,794 people were given the jab at 25 private centres,” said NK Gupta, the chief medical officer. Also, 319 vials were used for the shots, of which 4.06% went to waste.
To tackle the problem of low turnout in rural areas, the district administration will initiate a ‘Village Vaccine March’ on Monday. “We have set a target to vaccinate 300 people at each centre. We have deputed the lekhpal and officials from the administration for the drive,” said Ajay Shankar Pandey, district magistrate, Ghaziabad.