The District Health Department wrote to schools and Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) across the city on Monday, urging them to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to all eligible recipients in the 15-18 age bracket. .
Vaccination against Covid-19 for children in the age group 15-18 started nationwide on January 3 this year.
According to health department officials, the “vaccination rate has seen a decline” amid an increase in the number of reported Covid-19 cases in the district. 908 teenagers aged 15 to 18 received the first dose of the vaccine on Monday, with a total of 10,425 children having received the vaccine in the past week. However, after the start of the vaccination campaign for 15-18 year olds on January 3, more than 10,000 doses of the vaccine were administered to teenagers in a single day, during the first week, they said.
Earlier, the district health department had set the deadline to vaccinate 100% of eligible teenagers with the first dose of the vaccine by January 10 itself.
“There are around 151,000 people in the 15-18 age group in Gurugram, and more than 98,000 of them have already received the vaccine. This figure was decided on the basis of the last census, and keeping in mind the growth rate… Many children have not yet received the blow… The list of eligible beneficiaries is likely to be revised this week but in the meantime we have written a letter to all schools and RWA’s in Gurugram to ensure all 15-18 year olds get the vaccine ASAP…as Covid cases are still in increase,” said Dr MP Singh, district immunization officer.
On January 15, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij announced that children who have not taken the vaccine will not be allowed to enter schools in the state.
Officials said they hoped the number of vaccines could increase in the coming days in response to the letters sent.
Over the past week, the number of session sites in public and private schools has also declined in the district, from more than 50 in the first week to less than 10. Officials said this was due to the fact that children in most schools had been vaccinated.
“Children in most private schools received the first dose of the vaccine. In some schools only, a maximum of 5 to 10 children still need to be vaccinated. Separate vaccination camps for these many students would not be set up. We are now focusing on door-to-door vaccination campaigns, and these children are also included in that. All children can also receive the vaccine at government health centers in the city,” Singh added.
On Monday, a total of 10,803 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered, including 4,097 first doses, 5,092 second doses and 1,614 precautionary doses. Over 4,730,000 (4.73 million) doses have been administered to residents of Gurugram so far.
According to the district health bulletin, Gurugram reported 2,057 new Covid cases on Monday, with the positivity rate at 21.26% – a drop of 3% in 24 hours, from 24% on Saturday.
Two other Covid deaths were also reported in the district on Monday. The patients suffered from comorbidities, health officials said. District surveillance officer Dr Jai Prakash said: “Two Covid deaths were reported in the district on Monday. One of the deceased was an 83-year-old man who suffered from diabetes mellitus. He suffered a stroke on Monday. He was fully vaccinated… The second person was a 61-year-old woman, completely unvaccinated and suffering from stomach aches.
947 deaths have been reported in the district since the start of the pandemic in 2020, of which 629 patients suffered from comorbidities. 18 Covid-positive patients died in the district in January this year.
As of Monday, the district was reporting 15,022 active Covid cases, including 175 hospitalized. 5,993 recoveries were also seen on Monday. The total number of recoveries in the district over the past two days has been higher than daily Covid cases.
The health department collected 9,675 samples for Covid testing in the past 24 hours, officials said.