On Wednesday the state clocked the highest ever turnout at vaccination sites during the inoculation programme in Bengal. Of the targeted 1,03,615 recipients, 97% got inoculated on Wednesday, a day ahead of the mop-up round deadline for the first dose for healthcare workers. No AEFI was reported.
“We achieved the 1 lakh vaccination milestone on a single day on Wednesday when 10,00,174 people got inoculated at 998 vaccination sites across the state,” said state director of health services Ajay Chakraborty.
Earlier, 87% had been the highest turnout, recorded on January 22, when 30,517 healthcare workers got the vaccine against a target of 35,100 recipients across 351 sites. Since then, there had been a gradual decline with the turnout slipping to as low as 34%. The percentage started bouncing back only a couple of days ago.
So far, the state has inoculated 8.9 lakh people — a mix of healthcare and frontline workers, as well as some polling officials — in the 33 days.
Of those vaccinated on Wednesday, 14,090 were administered Covaxin, taking the number of Covaxin recipients to 69,919 in the state. In addition to this, another 17,577 healthcare workers were given their second dose of Covishield.