Coimbatore: After the eighth mass vaccination drive held on Sunday, 49.8% of the eligible population in the district has been inoculated with both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Of the 78,881 people who were vaccinated on the day, 68,545 received their second dose. With this, 13.90 lakh people have received the second dose, which is 49.8% of the eligible population.
Of the 38 lakh people in Coimbatore, 27.9 lakh, who are above the age of 18, are eligible for vaccination. With 25.08 lakh people getting their first dose 10,336 on Sunday alone 89.9% has received the first dose.
The aim was to achieved 100% first dose vaccination, district deputy director of health services P Aruna said. “We will focus on door-to-door identification of people who were left out of the vaccination drive,” she said.
The rate of vaccination coverage has slowed in recent weeks, a health official said. “In the last one week, only 5,000-odd people could be vaccinated a day, instead of 20,000 in the last two months.”
“While roughly five lakh people are eligible for the second dose, the number will go up next week. All those who were vaccinated in August will be eligible for the second dose next week,” said Aruna.
The drive was conducted in over 1,000 centres. Electoral rolls were used by the health department to verify those who were left out of the drive. Those who were due for the second dose were reminded by calls and SMSs.