Wayanad, a district in Kerala has become the first district in the State to administer the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination to all above 18 years. In a landmark feat, the district officials of Wayanad have vaccinated 100% of the eligible population with the 1st dose and are confident to keep the pace going for the second dose too.
A day short of 7 months since the PM announced vaccines for the citizens of India, Wayanad district officials have become one of the fastest districts to inoculate their residents with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. For attaining this, the Wayanad district administration had organised a two-day mega vaccination drive with the support of civic bodies, Tribal Development, Health, and Labour Departments, members of Kudumbashree Mission, and ASHA workers. The two-day drive was executed as per the vaccination plan prepared by each civic body in the district. Twenty-eight mobile teams were set up to administer vaccines to people even in the remote areas of the hill district. According to district health department officials, as many as 5.7 lakh people have been administered the first vaccine dose in the district while 2 lakh people have been provided the second dose. Health Minister Veena George said 6,16,112 of the 6,51,967 targeted persons, above 18 years of age, were inoculated in the district. Persons who tested positive for the infection, those in quarantine, and persons who refused the vaccine were exempted from the drive, Ms. George said.