Out of a total of 1.33 crore beneficiaries eligible for the precautionary doses, only 31.49 lakh (24%) had taken them till September 20.
Only 19% of people aged 18-59 have taken the precautionary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Delhi, according to official data. Currently, the overall percentage of vaccination per precautionary dose is 24%.
At the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting held on Thursday, there was consensus that this percentage should be increased to at least 40-50%. Out of a total of 1.33 crore beneficiaries eligible for the precautionary doses, only 31.49 lakh (24%) had taken them till September 20.
According to official data, as of September 20, a total of 1.14 crore beneficiaries were to receive precautionary doses in the 18-59 age group, with only 21.21 lakh taking. In the age cohort of people over 60, 13.20 lakh beneficiaries are eligible, of whom almost half – 6.33 lakh or 48% – took the precautionary dose.
Among healthcare and frontline workers, 61% of eligible recipients took the precautionary dose, according to official data. The Delhi government offers free precautionary doses at its vaccination centers.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Thursday urged people to take the booster dose of the COVID vaccine asking them to follow all protocols and protect their families during the upcoming festive season. Last month, amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed that people who took the precautionary dose of vaccines were safer from infection than others.
“Ninety percent of corona-infected patients admitted to hospital are patients who have taken only two doses of the vaccine. At the same time, only 10% of patients were infected with corona after the third dose of the vaccine. It is clear from there, people who apply precautionary doses are safer from corona infection,” he said.
On April 10 this year, India started administering precautionary doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all people over the age of 18.