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Free drive provides third dose, but adult coverage just 21%

Despite a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 The precautionary dose given after the government began offering the vaccine free to all adults from July 15, only a fifth of the eligible population in the country has taken it. The 75-day campaign for eligible people in the age group of 18-59 years ends on Friday (September 30).

So far, only 22.24 per cent of the adult population in the country has received the third precautionary dose, with coverage among those above 60 years of age more than twice that of those in the 18-59 year age group.

According to the data, only 17.58 per cent of the 77 crore individuals in the 18-59 year group have received the third dose, much higher in percentage terms – 48.5 per cent – in the over 60 age group, which has 137 crore individuals. . from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. As of mid-July, before the start of the free immunization campaign for adults, only 8 percent of the 18-59-year-old group and 27 percent of those over the age of 60 had taken the precautionary dose.

Since the start of the free drive, 14.6 crore precautionary doses have been given; Of these, 127 million were between the ages of 18 and 59, according to the data.

a senior officer involved in Delhi“With people only needing a primary vaccination certificate for travel, they do not feel the need to take a precautionary dose,” the U.K.’s vaccination campaign said.

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