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Karnataka to begin second dose of covid vaccine from Feb 15

Bengaluru: The Karnataka Government has so far got a total of 15,52,000 doses of Covishield and Covaxin, enough for a second dose from Monday.

While 5,17,185 healthcare and frontline workers have been given the first dose so far, around 30,000 doses have been wasted due to various reasons.

Health officials said the State now has a stock of over 10 lakh doses and vaccination for the remaining workers (for the first dose) will be done.

The State will start the second dose vaccination of healthcare workers from Monday. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting with officials from the Centre.

In Karnataka, a total of 13,408 healthcare workers had taken the vaccine on Day 1 of the drive that began on January 16. Most were administered Covishield and were due for the second dose on February 13.

Health department data of Covishield, if the second dose is taken within six weeks from first dose, the efficacy is 53.2 percent. It increases to 60.5 percent if the spacing is 9-11 weeks. If it is 12 weeks apart, it would be 78.7 percent. But the Centre has chalked out a protocol that has to be followed. Otherwise the entire vaccination programme and timeline will be disrupted,” he said.

Meanwhile, the State has achieved a cumulative coverage of 47 percent with 5,17,185 of the targeted 11,08,558 healthcare and frontline workers vaccinated so far.

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