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More people are opting for third dose of Covid in Delhi since it became free

There has been an increase in the number of people taking the third Covid precautionary dose in Delhi after the government made it freely available across all age groups, the number of precautionary doses given in the last week crossing doses one and two for the first time.

There were 3,036 precautionary doses administered up to 7 p.m. on Monday, which represented more than 73% of the total doses administered during the day. (The number of strokes delivered is generally lower on Sundays and holidays.)

The city administered just under 87,000 precautionary doses in the past seven days, which is more than half of all doses administered in Delhi during that period. “There has certainly been an increase in the number of people taking the precautionary dose and there are two reasons for this – firstly it has become available for the younger group of those between 18 and 45 years old and secondly the government of Delhi made it free for everything. The numbers, of course, increased dramatically once it was made free,” said a senior New Delhi district official.

The city administered just under 87,000 precautionary doses in the past seven days, which is more than half of all doses administered in Delhi during that period.

So far, 9.65 lakh precautionary doses have been administered in Delhi since its launch earlier this year. However, this still represents a very small proportion, only 6.4%, of Delhi’s total adult population of 1.5 crore. “Not everyone is eligible to get vaccinated yet. There must be a minimum interval of nine months between the second dose and the precautionary dose. The numbers will continue to rise as more people become eligible for the third dose,” said a Western district official.

The precautionary dose was opened for doctors, frontline workers and people over 60 with comorbidities on January 10. It was later extended to everyone over 60 on March 16. It was opened more for all adults, although paying, from April 10. On April 21, the Delhi government made precautionary doses free.

The highest number of vaccinations over the past week have been among people between the ages of 18 and 45, accounting for nearly 38% of the total injections given. “The number of bites increased in this age group mainly because of the precautionary dose; vaccination had reached a saturation point in this group as more than 90% of adults in Delhi have been fully immunized,” the Western district official said.

The New Delhi official said: “Numbers remained low in the youngest population – those aged 12 to 14. Vaccination in public schools has been successful, with nearly 90% of eligible children in schools where the camps are held being vaccinated. However, private schools have been reluctant to hold vaccination camps when the district is doing everything.


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