Delhi: Only 1 in 4 qualified recipients received a boost.

Delhi government expected to launch special awareness campaigns and camps in next few days . Only one out of every four eligible recipients who took second dose at least six months earlier had taken booster dose .

NEW DELHI: With the number of eligible beneficiaries who have taken the Covid-19 vaccine as a precaution being abysmally small, the Delhi government is expected to launch special awareness campaigns and camps in the next few days.According to statistics shared by the health department, only one out of every four eligible recipients who took their second dose at least six months earlier had taken the booster dose.Although more than 1.33 crore Delhiites were eligible for their third dose on September 20, only about 31 lakh people had been vaccinated.The total number of precautionary dose vaccinations is just 24%.

Starting January 21, the Centre had begun giving the precautionary dose to people over the age of 60 and those with comorbidities, as well as healthcare and front line staff.Starting April 10, people aged over 18 years were also eligible for the third dose.Though the government had initially set aside a nine-month gap between the second and third doses, it was extended to six months in July to improve the quality of care.Official estimates indicate that only 21.21 lakh (19%) of the 1.14 million people aged 18-59 years who had requested the precautionary dose had taken it.

Over 3.94 lakh (61%) of the 6.46 lakh eligible healthcare and frontline workers have been vaccination for the third dose.In a meeting on Thursday, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority and experts were concerned about the ineffective response to the precautionary dose, and agreed that the proportion of people taking the Covid-19 vaccine should be increased from 24 percent to 40-500%.