Hyderabad: Around 25 lakh people have missed the second dose of the COVID 19 vaccine in Telangana.
They have skipped it despite completing the prescribed time interval between two doses. Of them, 15 lakh took the first dose of Covishield and the remaining were administered Covaxin.
Director of Public Health (DPH) Dr. G Srinivasa Rao warned that those who have not taken the second dose are at a greater risk of contracting the infection.
He said a four-day vaccination drive was being organized statewide, especially for those who have only taken a second dose. "As many as 25 lakh people have not yet taken the second dose. A special drive will be organized for them. All of them should get vaccinated. People should come forward and take a second dose without delay." he said.
A majority of the people who skipped the second dose belong to urban districts. Of them, five lakh are from Hyderabad and three lakh each from Medchal Malkajgiri and Rangareddy districts.
Meanwhile, 2.78 crore vaccine doses have been administered to the 4.1 crore people. So far 2,01,01,152 have been administered the first dose and 77,41,844 have received both doses.
More than 77.14 lakh doses have been administered in September. Under the GHMC Mobile vaccination drive, 11,34,072 doses have been administered so far.
The DPH also informed that the total vaccine doses allotted for October are around 62,08,300.
He said only 50 percent of people have received the first dose in Jogulamba Gadwal. Likewise, 52 percent of people have been inoculated with the first dose in Nalgonda. Around 54 percent of people were administered with the first dose in Nagarkurnool, 56 percent in Komaram Bheem and Narayanpet, 57 percent in Mahabubnagar, and 58 percent in Nizamabad.
Only 39 percent of people have taken the second dose. Fifteen percent of people took the second dose in Komaram Bheem, 18 percent in Adilabad, and 20 percent in Jogulamba Gadwal. The special drive will be conducted in these districts in the coming days under the supervision of DPH and DMHOs of the respective districts.