Not even 50% of 45+ population in Maharashtra are fully vaccinated against Covid, Health News, ET HealthWorld

MUMBAI: One of the key factors that could make a dent in hospitalisations and deaths should a third wave occur would be the vaccination of vulnerable age groups. The Union health ministry and the World Health Organisation have often reiterated the importance of immunizing the 45-plus population as severity of Covid and deaths are higher in this age group. Yet, state numbers suggest coverage of the 45-plus population is far from desirable. Numbers reveal that not even 50% (46%) from the 45-plus age groups have taken both shots despite vaccination being open to them since April.

District-wise numbers give a grim picture. Not a single district in Maharashtra has reached even 80% double dose coverage for this highrisk age group. Sindhudurg is the only district that has covered 77.5% of this population with both shots. Even Mumbai is lagging and has managed to cover just 68% with both doses. In fact, as many as 13 districts are below the state average of 46%. Lowest are Hingoli and Aurangabad where barely 29% have got both the shots. Closer to Mumbai, Palghar has given two shots to 32% people above 45 years. In Hingoli, Nandurbar and Aurangabad, even the single dose coverage

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