KOLKATA: Till Saturday, which was the deadline for healthcare workers to take the Covid-19 vaccine, around 75% of them have received the shot in the state. All hospitals will get a five day mop-up window to inoculate those who have not yet taken the jab.
“We expect the percentage to go up to around 85% by the end of the five day mop-up window. We are trying to encourage the last lot of health workers to take the vaccine unless they have contraindications,” said Ashim Das Malakar, state health and family welfare officer.
The state had rolled out the inoculation programme for close to 6.5 lakh health workers on January 16. Despite technical glitches, the first 10 days saw an encouraging turnout, ranging between 70% and 87%.
“We are trying to get as many health workers as possible during the mop-up period. All departments are being informed,” said IPGMER director Manimoy Banerjee.
Around 85%-90% of private sector health workers will have received the first shot of Covid vaccine when the exercise ends on Saturday. At 65%-75%, the percentage is lower across government hospitals.
Infectious Diseases & Beliaghata General Hospital (ID&BG) has been holding sensitization programme so that the 350-plus out of its 1,287 workers who have skipped the dose take the first shot. “Apart from a few who have contraindications, those still left are Group D and scavenging staff. We are sensitizing them on their apprehensions,” said community medicine specialist Sanjib Bandypadhyay, vaccination site supervisor at ID&BG. “We expect to vaccinate 95% of our workers by the end of the mop-up round,” said Manju Banerjee, principal of Medical College Hospital, Kolkata.
“We have covered almost 98% of our 2,000 workers for the first dose,” said Peerless Hospital CEO Sudipta Mitra. “Around 10% of our workers who are yet to get vaccinated will be covered by February 25,” said AMRI CEO Rupak Barua.