114 Vax sites on the portal, only 47 open; parents of children aged 12 to 14 are looking for centers | Bhopal News

Bhopal: Lower number of session sites per location, labor allocation and a less streamlined vaccination setup impacted the number of vaccinations in Bhopal. A reduction in vaccination options is seen across the city.
On the vaccination portal, 114 session sites were scheduled for Saturday. The number of sessions reported to have effectively vaccinated was less than half, only 47. Fourteen of these centers could inoculate fewer than 20 people.

Since 12 to 14 year olds became eligible for the vaccine to protect against Covid-19 in the state on March 23, no more than 51,226 doses of Corbevax had been administered in Bhopal till Saturday.
“A month ago, the facilities were better. More counters for registration, facilities in the waiting area for different age groups. Now the workforce is limited. Given the rising temperatures, a chart with three vaccine options in different vials is not very comforting,” said one beneficiary who took his teenage boy to Katju Hospital for a shot. Presented as a 24/7 centre, the reality is quite different. The parent was ordered to pick up their child before 3:30 p.m. closing time.
The facility above is considered one of the best in the state capital. One wonders about the situation of the other centers of fortune. “Get fully immunized and be safe” is the slogan of the deputy’s health department. The lack of enthusiasm is reflected in the vaccination figures. Between March 23 and April 1, approximately 68% of all injections were given to children in the 12-14 age group.
About 10,621 children in this age group became eligible for a second shot in Bhopal on April 20. About 3,300 second doses were given this week. A break in the particular category is not reflected on the CoWin portal. Estimates put the number at around 2,500. In other words, only around 10% of children have received the second dose so far. The coverage of the first dose is not healthy either. About 40% of children have not yet received the first dose. Over the next week another 20,000 will be eligible for the second dose. It is estimated that around 3,000 children over the age of 14 but under the age of 17 will be eligible for a second dose in the coming days.
Contacted, Bhopal Immunization Officer, Dr Upendra Dubey said, “Starting next week, a school immunization schedule will be put in place in coordination with the Department of Education and schools.” .