On Monday, July 19, Bihar receives 80,000 additional doses of the Covieshield vaccine over and above the scheduled supply of 3.216 million doses of Covieshield and Covaxin. The state plans to give jabs to 4,54,000 residents on an everyday basis with a view to touching its target of vaccinating the adult population by December 31.
In addition to this, for the very first fortnight of July, Bihar was procured 3.428 million doses of the vaccine.
Manoj Kumar, who’s the executive director of the State Health Society, Bihar informs that the state is making endeavours towards achieving the target within the minimum possible duration so that the centre provides a fresh stock of vaccines again.
“We received 800,000 additional vaccine doses last Friday apart from the scheduled supply of 3.126 million doses between July 16 and August 4. Our target is to vaccinate maximum people in as little time as possible so that the centre replenishes our stock of vaccines”, said Kumar, according to the reports of Hindustan Times.
Well, Bihar plans to inoculate the urban population first as there’s a lot of hesitancy among the rural people regarding vaccination. Lots of men and women in the rural areas have the misapprehension that if they get the vaccines, they’ll die. Similar to this, there’s been a lot of rumour regarding vaccines, especially, among rural people.
Although, Bihar has administered 2.9 million doses of vaccines. The target population to be inoculated is 72.2 million. Out of this, 17.7 million people have got vaccinated with the first dose while 3,153 million have got both of the vaccine shots.
The capital Patna aims to vaccinate all urban adults till July 25th.
“We have achieved over 70% first-dose vaccination in urban Patna and hope to complete inoculating the remaining population by July 25th, subject to the availability of vaccines. The thrust will then shift to rural areas”, said Patna District Magistrate, Chandrashekhar Singh, as quoted by Hindustan Times.