Inoculations in the third phase, which began on March 1, had picked up pace by the sixth day of the drive (March 8), when as many as 7,006 recipients got the jab. The number of recipients dipped to 3,680 by March 10, before again rising to 4,958 on March 12.
On Monday, as many as 109 session sites — 57 in government facilities and 52 in private hospitals — were set up with an aim to inoculate 10,000 recipients as part of a state-wide drive to achieve the maximum inoculation in a day. By the end of the day, Gurugram administered the vaccine to 11,698 recipients, including 537 healthcare workers and 1,971 frontline workers.
Of the 9,190 recipients inoculated under phase 3 on Monday, 7,659 people were above the age of 60 years and 1,531 were those aged between 45 and 59 with comorbidities. As many as 5,408 recipients got the jab at government setups and 3,782 in private hospitals.
Asked by TOI why private hospitals witnessed a lower turnout, doctors said people are hesitant to take the vaccine after recent reports of blood clotting in some recipients in Norway. Dr Sameer Kulkarni, regional director of Paras Hospital, said: “We have started the round-the-clock vaccination drive. This move is apt at a time when there is a resurgence in Covid cases. It will also encourage the people to take the jab as many of them couldn’t get them inoculated due to the time crunch and weren’t comfortable in standing in long queues. We’ve got to make it as convenient for recipients as possible.”
“The vaccination drive witnessed a low turnout on Monday as many fear of thrombosis. I have been motivating people to take the jab. This came after one incident of thrombosis in European countries. I believe that the authorities should conduct more motivational activities to remove such misconceptions,” said Dr Sushila Katariya, director and head of the department of internal medicine at Medanta — The Medicity.
A total of 42,213 senior citizens have got jabs till now. In contrast, only 5,587 recipients between 45 and 59 years of age with comorbid conditions have been vaccinated. “We are aware that the pace of vaccination is slow and thus, our teams are motivating people to come forward for jabs and will be focusing on the cohort facility,” said Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer.
These steps are being taken by the health department to finish the phase 3 vaccination drive as soon as possible, he added. The target is to inoculate 1.5 lakh people in this phase. “A total of 1,01,019 people have been vaccinated so far in Gurugram, which includes healthcare workers, frontline workers and people who come under phase 3,” the CMO said.