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Covid vaccine booster shots available from today in Chandigarh


According to the UT estimates, the targeted population of 60 years plus with comorbidities is 15,600, while the number of healthcare and frontline workers is 26,237 and 22,438 respectively

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  • Chandigarh, January 9

Covid vaccine booster shots will be available in the city from Monday for persons aged 60 years and above with comorbidities, along with healthcare and frontline workers.

According to the UT estimates, the targeted population of 60 years plus with comorbidities is 15,600, while the number of healthcare and frontline workers is 26,237 and 22,438 respectively.

Before getting the booster shot, the Health Department has asked persons aged 60 years and above with comorbidities to consult their physician. However, there is no need for any doctor’s medical advice in writing to get the booster dose.

There must be a gap of nine months (39 weeks) from the date of administration of the second dose for the booster dose. As the vaccine for booster dose will be the same as the first and second dose, the Covishield vaccine will be used in Chandigarh.

The beneficiaries can get the dose at the vaccination centre for persons aged 18 years and above. They will be given preference at all such centres over the persons coming for the first or second dose.

The Healthcare workers and Frontline workers will get the dose at special counters or centres in the PGI GMCH-32, GMSH-16 and in Civil Hospitals (Sector-22, Sector-45 and at Mani Majra).

Besides, police personnel will get the booster dose at the Police Hospital in Sector-26, and the staff of the Municipal Corporation will receive the shot at the camp organised in the MC office, Sector 17.

The city has inoculated 25,509 children with the first dose (35.43% of the targeted population). UT Adviser Dharampal has directed the Health Department to vaccinate all eligible children with the first dose before Republic Day. The department has formed 11 more teams to be deputed at 33 places, including seven health facilities and 26 schools. The second dose has been given to 95.61 per cent targeted population of 18 years and above. The deadline for 100 per cent double dose coverage is January 14.

India’s new Covid cases surge to 1. 8 lakh, highest in 8 months

India saw a single-day rise of 1,79,723 coronavirus infections taking the total tally to 3,57,07,727, including 4,033 cases of the omicron variant reported across 27 states and union territories so far, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Monday.

The number of active cases has increased to 7,23,619, the highest in around 204 days, while the death toll has climbed to 4,83,936 with 146 fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.

Of the total 4,033 cases of omicron variant, 1,552 have recovered or migrated.

Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 1,216 omicron cases, followed by Rajasthan 529, Delhi 513, Karnataka 441, Kerala 333 and Gujarat 236.

A total 1,79,723 new coronavirus infections were reported in a day, the highest in around 227 days.

A total 1,86,364 new infections were reported on May 27 last year. 

The active cases have increased to 7,23,619, accounting for 2.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid recovery rate has decreased to 96.62 per cent, the ministry said.

An increase of 1,33,008 cases has been recorded in the active caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 13.29 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate was 7.92 per cent, according to the ministry.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,45,00,172, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.36 per cent.

The cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country so far under the nationwide Covid vaccination drive have crossed 151.94 crore.

The 146 new fatalities reported on Monday included 44 from Kerala, 18 from West Bengal and 17 from Delhi.

A total of 4,83,936 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 1,41,639 from Maharashtra, 49,591 from Kerala, 38,370 from Karnataka, 36,855 from Tamil Nadu, 25,160 from Delhi, 22,928 from Uttar Pradesh and 19,901 from West Bengal.

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