Finally, some good news on India’s COVID-19 update! Bhubaneswar has achieved a new milestone by becoming the first city to achieve 100% COVID-19 vaccination. Anshuman Rath, the Zonal Deputy Commissioner of South-East, Bhubaneswar of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) confirmed the update on Monday morning.
BMC had recently launched a massive vaccination drive to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. While speaking with ANI, Anshuman Rath said, “We had set a target to complete vaccination in a specific timeline. BMC has a record of around nine lakh people who are above 18 years of age in the city. Which includes around 31 thousand healthcare workers, 33 thousand front-line workers. 5 lakh 17 thousand people are in the age group of 18 to 44 years. 3 lakh 25 thousand people are above 45 years of age. We had set a benchmark for these categories to complete their vaccination in the specific timeline by July 31.”
According to the reports, BMC had vaccinated a total of 18.16 lakh people in the city. “We have already vaccinated 18 lakh 16 thousand people in the city. Only a few people were not able to take the first dose due to various reasons. A migrating population is working in their office in Bhubaneswar and getting the first jab of Covaxin,” Anshuman further added.
The Deputy Commissioner also talked about the vaccination of pregnant women. He cleared various doubts and added, “Pregnant women are getting their first dose at vaccination centers. BMC runs 55 vaccination centers, including 30 primary health and community centers, 15 mobilized centers, and more than ten drive-in vaccination centers across Bhubaneswar.”
In his final statement, Rath congratulated the citizens and thanked them for achieving the milestone of 100% COVID-19 vaccination. “I thank the people of Bhubaneswar for supporting BMC in achieving the target for the Covid-19 vaccination. All the micro-planning was given by the BMC due to which Bhubaneswar has become the city which has covered 100% Covid-19 vaccination,” said Anshuman Rath. Hopefully, more cities follow the same and complete the inoculation process as soon as possible.