Covishield instead of Covaxin

Vaccination for teens kickstart
Covishield instead of Covaxin

PATODA: Vaccination of teenagers in the age group of 15 to 18 years has started in the district from Monday. The vaccination was started at 25 health centres in the district and six in the city. At Patoda in Yeola tehsil, a shocking incident occurred due to the negligence of the health authorities where a teenager was administered a Covishield dose instead of Covaxin.

Around noon, a 16-year-old boy was mistakenly given the dose of Covishield vaccine at the primary health sub-centre. It is understood that this child has been placed under medical supervision.

The female nurses at the subcentre however complained that why they were supplied the stock of Covishield vaccine if it was not to be administered. Senior officials, on the other hand, say the nurse is at fault. Due to this, the health department has come to the fore. The boy who was vaccinated is believed to be the son of a senior NCP leader.

Other centres

The inaugural drive began at the new Bytco hospital in Nashik Road in the key presence of Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Bharti Pawar who interacted with boys and girls in the age group of 15 to 18 years who came for vaccination. She appealed to the people to follow the rules even after getting vaccinated.

On behalf of Nashik Municipal Corporation, arrangements have been made for vaccination at six designated centres in the city for 15 to 18 years old. Mayor Satish Kulkarni, Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Khade, Education Committee Chairperson Sangeeta Gaikwad, Corporator Sambhaji Moruskar, Suryakant Lavate, District Health Officer Dr. Kapil Aher, and municipal officials were present at the occasion.

Centre-wise statistics

  • MERI Covid Centre, Panchavati (Boys - 243 / Girls -122; Total - 365)

  • Social Welfare, Nashik-Pune Road (Boys-72 / Girls - 53; Total - 125)

  • CIDCO PHC (Boys-74 / Girls - 56; Total - 130)

  • Dr. Zakir Hussain Hospital (Boys-91 / Girls - 59; Total - 150)

  • ESIS Hospital, Satpur (Boys - 191 / Girls -103; Total - 294)

  • New Bytco, Nashik Road (Boys -162 / Girls - 99; Total - 261)

Vaccination in schools, colleges soon

Boys and girls in the age group of 15 to 18 are being vaccinated from Monday as per the directions of the government. At present, NMC is conducting vaccinations at six places in six divisions of the city. For this, a list of schools and colleges has been sought from the education department and the nodal officer is contacting the school and college management. A final decision in this regard is expected in the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, out of the 13,63,700 population of the city, 12,68,450 or 92% people have taken the first dose of vaccine while 8,87,749 or 65% people have taken both their first and second dose. About eight per cent have not yet taken a single dose. At the beginning of vaccination, some people in the city had rushed to the rural areas to get vaccinated.

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