In DK, only 3.4 percent received a booster dose.

Central government approved use of precautionary dose in private hospitals a month ago . Majority of those who received third dose are over 60 years old or are healthcare workers .

Mangaluru: About 3% of participants in the Dakshina Kannada district have taken the precaution vaccine dose, the low rate being fueled by the widespread belief that the outbreak has ended because the number of cases has decreased.The central government approved the use of a precautionary dose in private hospitals a month ago.17.77 lakh beneficiaries in the district received the first dose of the drug, out of 18.42 lakh people in the area.However, 61,990 people have received the booster dose so far.

Of the 2.69 lakh people over 60 years who received the first injection, 2.64 lakh took the second, but 33,973 received the booster shot as of Friday.35,592 out of 52,523 healthcare workers in the district were given two doses, and 19,892 received the booster.5932 of the 9,359 frontline workers in various government departments took the boost.8.87 lakh people took the second dose in the 18-44 age group, but 1,228 have taken the booster so far.

Many are reluctant to take the third dose, according to Dakshina Kannada RCH officer Dr. BV Rajesh, because they think the pandemic is over.Many are also reluctant to participate because it is not offered for free to them.For a preemptive dose of suppository vaccine, they will have to shell out Rs 400 in private hospitals.