The government has permitted covid home jab for differently-abled and those with restricted mobility. The Union health ministry has announced this here.
In a weekly press briefing, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that “we are still in midst of the second wave of Covid-19 even though the number of cases are declining”. For the 12th consecutive week, the weekly positivity rate continues to decline and is less than 3% while the recovery rate is 97.8% in the country, the health ministry said.
Why home jab for differently-abled?
Amid fears of a third wave of Covid-19 and festival season kicking in, the government warned people of mass gatherings in containment zones and in districts with over 5% positivity rate. The union health ministry said in its briefing it was due to such factors like mass gatherings etc that the government had permitted covid home jab for differently-abled.
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Speaking on covid infections, the Union health ministry said that 62.73% of total infections reported last week were from Kerala alone, which is the only state with over 1 lakh active Covid cases. “In last 24 hours, 31,000 cases odd cases have been reported and most of these cases have been reported from Kerala & Maharashtra. However, absolute numbers have gone down. 62.73% of the total cases in the last week have been reported from Kerala,” said Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan.
A total of 68.2 lakh doses (approximately 0.95 per cent) has been administered at Covid vaccination centers not tagged as rural or urban, he said. The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 84 crore, according to the data from Co-WIN portal.
Sources familiar with the issue said as the number of vaccinated doses was rising, so as part of this step, providing covid home jab for differently- abled had been initiated.
Bhushan said 99 per cent of the healthcare workers have received the first dose, while 84 per cent of the eligible healthcare workers have taken the second dose. He said 100 per cent of the frontline workers have been administered the first dose, while 80 percent of them have been given the second dose.
Vaccine progress in country
Meanwhile, speaking about the vaccine progress in the country, the government said that 66% of India’s adult population has been given at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine while 23% have received both doses. Government sources also said that the initiative of covid home jab for differently -abled had now been permitted. It would help those persons who could not come to vaccination centers due to some reason or due to their physical affliction.
“About 2/3rd of the adult population vaccinated with one dose- 66% of 18+ age group received at least one dose, almost a quarter of adult population have received both doses, it’s an important milestone,” said Dr VK Paul, member health, NITI Aayog. On the UK rule of 10-day quarantine for those vaccinated in India, the ministry officials said it was a discriminatory practice.
“We believe that the dispensation that is proposed to be implemented from October 4 is a discriminatory practice. Both the sides are in dialogue and we believe a resolution will be found. We do reserve the right to reciprocate in a similar manner,” Rajesh Bhushan said.