Despite increase in Covid cases, few takers for booster shot in Patiala district
Though Covid cases continue to rise in the district, eligible beneficiaries are not coming forward to take precautionary (booster) dose. The data of the Health Department revealed that only 10.7 per cent of the eligible beneficiaries in the district have received the precautionary doses so far.
As many as 7.03 lakh beneficiaries have skipped their precautionary doses in the district. Health officials said only 75,000 precautionary doses had been administered in the district so far. Health officials and pandemic experts said more people should come forward to take the precautionary dose.
District immunisation officer Dr Veenu Goyal claimed that pendency of precautionary doses rose because the Central Government reduced the gap period between the precautionary dose and the second dose of the Covid vaccine.
Notably, the Union Health Ministry this month reduced the gap between the second dose and the precautionary dose from nine months to six months for all adults.
Dr Veenu said: “There is no let-up in vaccination camps. We are holding camps on a regular basis. Besides, staff members are trying to persuade the eligible beneficiaries to get the precautionary dose, which is important.”
She said other stakeholder departments were also being roped in to enhance the booster dose coverage in the district.
Meanwhile, the health officials said beneficiaries were reluctant to get the vaccine shot because they had already become complacent about Covid. They were facing strong opposition from eligible beneficiaries in the district.