Propelling a massive boost for the inoculation program in Lucknow, the city authorities have planned to vaccinate over one lakh individuals through large-scale drives today. If the plans materialise, this will be the largest count of beneficiaries to receive the vaccine jabs on a single day. As of now, the highest number of inoculations, standing at 93,436, have been recorded in the city on August 27.
Vaccination drives to be conducted across 160 centres in the city
DM Abhishek Prakash informed that the district administration and the health department have converged their efforts to record one lakh vaccinations today. Earlier, the state government had targeted to administer 86,400 doses.
District immunisation officer Dr M.K. Singh, said, "As many as 160 vaccination sites have been made in which 461 booths will carry out the drive. Of the total sites, 104 will be special camps that are also known as Workplace Covid Vaccination Centres. These camps will be organised at religious places, government offices, residential apartments, schools and colleges."
Further, the inoculation official stated that the walk-in registration facility has been made available for the beneficiaries who are unable to book their slot beforehand. They will have to show a government recognised photo ID, in order to procure the benefit of immunisation. As per the current plans, 40% of the total doses will be reserved for the walk-in category while 60% of the stock will be used for the registered beneficiaries.
Special camps at religious places lead the vaccination campaign
Scaling up the vaccination program, special camps were started across religious places of various faiths and this initiative has accelerated the drives significantly. As per records, nearly 10% of the total 28.2 lakh Covid doses administered in Lucknow, have been given at these special camps.
Amongst the 19 such camps organised in Lucknow, Eidgah Aishbag has logged the highest count of beneficiaries with 77,156 shots administered till now. This is followed by Naka Gurdwara (48,520), Chhota Imambara (30,020), Sant Nirankari Bhawan (17,183), Sadar Gurdwara (15,745) and Radha Swami Satsang (6,299).
Eidgah Imam Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali said, "We took the initiative and got ourselves inoculated first, which helped in diluting hesitancy among people, particularly minorities. Vaccination drive has not stopped here even for a single day since the rollout." Given the efforts taken by the authorities, it can be expected that a considerable chunk of the population will be fully immunised soon.
- With inputs from IANS