Covid: Jharkhand eyes 100% vaccination by Jan 20

Ranchi: Amid concerns of Omicron, a latest variant of Sars-Cov2, Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Thursday asked officials to focus on setting up of permanent vaccination centres at over 4000 panchayat levels to ramp up vaccination coverage in the state setting January 20 deadline to achieve 100% coverage of the eligible beneficiaries. While central government is aiming to do so nationally by December 25 but the state has been laggard in terms of second dose coverage owing to various reasons since it began inoculation drive in January this year. As per the vaccination bulletin issued on Wednesday night, so far 70.45% out of 2.41 crore eligible beneficiaries got their first dose and a dismal 35.58% received both the shots. 

Soren also took stock of the covid preparedness at a high level review meet at Project Building along with the health minister Banna Gupta. All key officials of the state and health department attended the meet, informed a communiqué from the state IPRD department.

Soren also stressed on stringent screening mechanism of all the incoming people to the state at transit points, mainly at airport, railway station and bus stand as per the prescribed protocols. Notably, the state health department has already ramped up testing at all the key transit points and has also mandated compulsory quarantine of 14 days for all those coming from offshore and ‘at risk’ countries even if they test negative.

Giving a power-point presentation of the current status of preparedness, officials informed Soren that state has 14,863 oxygen beds, 3204 ICU beds, 1456 ventilators and 8738 normal beds ready to tackle any exigency situation arising out of the expected third wave. Specially for children, government has readied 1147 ICU beds, 1799 oxygen supported beds, 234 ventilators and 375 medium ICU (HDU) beds, informed the press release. The state is expected to have close to 100 oxygen plants by January 25.