In what may come as a relief to tourists planning a trip to Lakshadweep, the Union Territory has successfully vaccinated all the eligible children between the age of 15 to 18 years. The UT has been able to achieve its target in a short period of time. By Karan Kaushik
Launched by Lakshadweep administrator Praful Patel, the vaccination drive for children began on January 2 as part of the pan-India vaccination program for children. In Lakshadweep, the vaccination program for children started in Kavaratti.
According to a news report published in Times Now, the health authorities of the Union Territory have vaccinated 3, 492 children within a week. It has been able to do so because of the many awareness campaigns and mobilization drives it organised in schools across Lakshadweep.
This is not the first time that Lakshadweep has achieved such a feat in its COVID-management program. The Union Territory was also the first to achieve 100 percent vaccination for its healthcare and frontline workers. It had also managed to vaccinate 100 percent of its 18 plus population.
लक्षद्वीप 15 से 18 वर्ष की आयु के बच्चों में 100% टीकाकरण करने में अग्रणी रहा है, यह हम सभी के लिए गर्व की बात है, आप सब के सहयोग व् जागरूकता से टीकाकरण कार्यक्रम को सफल बनाने हेतु अभिनन्दन। @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/JswuM9ZAzt
— Praful K Patel (@prafulkpatel) January 12, 2022
The Lakshadweep administration is also giving booster doses to frontline workers, healthcare workers, and 60 plus citizens. The booster dose program has started on January 10, in accordance with ICMR guidelines.
The administration has been successful in vaccinating its children and giving a booster dose to its adults because of the sincere efforts of the Union government. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the central government has made provisions for an adequate number of Covaxin doses for the Union Territory.
The news report also said that the Lakshadweep administration was preparing to handle the third wave of the pandemic. “Through proactive measure of COVID-19 management such as the imposition of night curfew, mandatory RTPCR negative certificate, and active vaccination, testing and tracking, Lakshadweep Administration is also getting prepared for the third wave of the pandemic, if any, that strikes the islands in future,” it quoted S Asker Ali, District collector and secretary, Lakshadweep, as saying.