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PM inaugurates COVID-19 vaccination festival

by Raju Vernekar
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IT Correspondent
New Delhi, April 11 :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on launched a four day long “Tika Utsav’, a festival to begin another major war against Corona and vaccinate as many as people, including the aged and needy on Sunday.
The festival was launched on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, a social reformer, instrumental in ensuring education for women and their empowerment. Phule’s devotion to social reforms will continue to be be a source of inspiration for coming generations, the Prime Minister added. The ‘Tika Utsav’ will continue till April 14, the birth anniversary of Dr. B R Ambedkar.
The PM said that we must remember four things: help those who are less educated and elderly, who cannot go and get vaccinated themselves, help people who do not have the means or do not know about the facilities available for vaccination, lay emphasis on wearing a mask to save own life and to save the lives of others and take lead in creating “micro-containment zone” in the event of someone contracting corona. Family members and people of the society should create a ‘micro-containment zone’ wherever a Corona positive case has been reported.
“We have to ensure that not a single vaccine dose is lost. We have to move towards zero vaccine waste and optimum utilization of the country’s vaccination capacity. Our success will be determined by not leaving the house without valid reason”, Modi said.
In the meanwhile India’s cumulative vaccination coverage achieved a landmark of 10 crore, with over 35 lakh dosages given in the 24 hours till 7 am on Sunday. Till 7 am, 10,15,95,147 vaccine doses were administered through 15,17,963 sessions.
Those vaccinated till now included 90,04,063 health care workers (first dose) and 55,08,289 health care workers (second dose).  99,53,615 front line workers took first dose, while  47,59,209 front line workers took second dose. The beneficiaries above 60 years included: 3,96,51,630 (first  dose) and 18,00,206 beneficiaries (second dose). The beneficiaries between 45 years to 60 years included: 3,96,51,630 beneficiaries (first  dose) and 18,00,206 beneficiaries (second dose).
In the meanwhile India’s total active caseload has reached 11,08,087.A net incline of 61,456 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours. The five states of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala cumulatively account for 70.82 per cent of India’s total active cases. Maharashtra alone accounts for 48.57% of the total active caseload of the country.

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