With high vaccination coverage in the city, Delhi has seen fewer vaccinations over the past week. More than 72,800 injections have been administered daily on average over the past seven days, compared to more than 132,400 injections in the previous corresponding period.
Delhi has already administered more than 16.8 million first doses to adults against around 15 million eligible people over the age of 18, achieving 100% coverage. And 12.2 million second doses have also been delivered so far, covering 81% of the adult population. The Center earlier this week said a high vaccination rate led to a milder third wave, with fewer hospitalizations and fewer deaths.
The campaign for children aged 15-17, which began on January 3, has covered 774,330 people so far, delivering the first dose of Covaxin to 71.5% of the estimated eligible population. The interval between two doses of Covaxin is four to six weeks, which means that the campaign for the administration of the second dose in children should begin next month.
The government also opened the precautionary dose campaign on January 10 for healthcare workers, frontline workers and people over the age of 60 with co-morbidities. So far, only 2,34,448 precautionary doses have been administered in Delhi, with many people contracting the infection during the current spike in cases. The vaccine can only be given three months after a person has tested positive for Covid-19, according to central government guidelines.
More than 20,000 cases have been recorded in eight days in the city. “Many beneficiaries have tested positive, especially health care workers, and will receive the vaccines later,” a district official said.
There are nearly 240,000 healthcare workers, 350,000 frontline workers and 380,000 people over the age of 60 with co-morbidities in Delhi who are eligible for a precautionary dose.