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Centre’s Strategy: Vaccine Saturation for Above 45 Age Group in Districts Witnessing Covid-19 Surge

Covid-19 infections are once again spreading in India. However, the Indian government has rolled-out vaccination programme with two vaccines available with the administration. This has arguably put the administration in a better position to manage the second phase of this pandemic.

So, what is that the government doing to address the surge of Covid-19 infection this time?

First, it has recognized the districts that are witnessing the surge in cases, and apart from testing and tracing, it is seeking to attain saturation in vaccination for the groups aged above 45 in all those affected districts.

This report in The Indian Express mentions that Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote a letter to all states and Union Territories, stating that

“All districts with high caseload and fast growth of cases must ensure 100 per cent saturation vaccination of the priority age group of 45 years and above in the coming two weeks. Any complacency at this stage, at any level, will have heavy costs.”

It has come to light during discussions that among the 46 districts that have reported 70 percent of the total cases over the last month, 90 percent of Covid-linked deaths in the country continue to be in the category of those aged above 45. This perhaps explains the vaccine saturation push by the Centre in the surge districts concentrating the age group above 45.

Among the states witnessing the Covid-19 surge, the situation in Maharashtra seems to be alarming, as its positivity rate stood at 23% as against the national average of 5.65%.