70% of India's Adult Population Administered First Dose of Covid Vaccine, Says Health Minister Mandaviya

Mumbai has fully immunised 50% of its 92.4 lakh adult population, becoming the first district in Maharashtra to reach that mark, TOI reported. Over 44.6 lakh people have got both shots, while nearly 86 lakh people (93%) have been given at least one shot. Meanwhile, in Maharashtra, 30% have been fully vaccinated.

BMC commissioner I S Chahal said he was optimistic that all of Mumbai’s adult population will be vaccinated with at least one shot by October-end.

The highest coverage has been among senior citizens where over 76% are fully vaccinated and over 100% have got at least one shot. In the 45-59 group, over 100% have got the first dose and 71% have been fully vaccinated. In the 18-44 group, 82% have been covered with at least the first dose.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation told the Bombay High Court on Monday that it does not apprehend a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the city as the vaccination drive is going on smoothly, with over 44.6 lakh people fully vaccinated and over 86 lakh people have received the first dose.

BMC counsel Anil Sakhare also told the HC that 2,586 bed-ridden people have so far been administered both the doses of Covid-19 vaccine while 3,942 such people have got the first jab.

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 The work is on. It is going on smoothly. Now, there is no shortage of vaccines too. Mumbai is safe. We do not see a third wave (of the Covid-19) coming, Sakhare said. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni was hearing public interest litigation filed by advocates Dhruti Kapadia and Kunal Tiwari earlier this year, seeking a direction to both the Union and Maharashtra governments to start door-to-door vaccination for senior citizens aged 75 and above, specially-abled people and those who are bed-ridden.

The plea said such people would not be in a position to step out of their houses to go to the vaccination centres and be inoculated.

The Union government had earlier said it would not be able to start a door-to-door vaccination programme, but last month gave a go-ahead to it.

The Maharashtra government in August said it would initiate the drive and had started door-to-door vaccination of bed-ridden people as a pilot project.

On Monday, Kapadia told the HC that the purpose of filing the PIL was served as now even the Centre has framed a policy to vaccinate such people at their homes.

The court then disposed of the PIL and said, We are happy now that even these persons are not deprived of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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