Rajasthan’s Bikaner is set to become the first city in India to begin the door-to-door Covid-19 vaccination. The service is slated to commence on 14 June and will benefit people above the age of 45.
The Rajasthan government has started a helpline number where eligible people can register themselves for the vaccination. They will have to give their names and addresses through a WhatsApp number.
However, the service can only be availed when there are at least 10 people at a place who have registered on the helpline number.
The Bikaner Administration has also started a ‘vaccination on wheels’ service on 12 June that aims at inoculating people at crowded places. It has deployed three mobile vans where people in the 45+ age group can go and get a coronavirus vaccine jab after showing identity proof.
Rajasthan has so far given 1st dose to over 33.15 lakh people, while 1,109 have received the second jab.
Meanwhile, 368 new Covid-19 infections pushed the state’s infection tally to 9,49,376 on Saturday, while the Covid-19 death toll in the state rose to 8,815 with 16 more fatalities.
Bikaner, which is about 340 km from the state capital of Jaipur, has 16 urban primary health centres. And, officials at these health centres will keep a tab on the team is engaged in the vaccination drive in their area.
Bikaner district magistrate Namit Mehta told reporters that experts are anticipating a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. “Our goal is to administer the vaccine to 75% of people over the age of 45. Therefore, this process of giving the vaccine at home can prove to be very effective,” Namit Mehta said.
The 2011 Census said that the population of Bikaner city is more than 700,000 and so far, 369,000 people have been given the vaccine in the city.