Starting April 1, Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma has asked the health department to set up mobile teams to administer the Covid vaccine to anyone over 45 years old at their doorstep, with a special emphasis on factory employees, farmers, and residents of residential societies in the district. This move by the Ludhiana DC is the first move in the state.
Meanwhile, 6600 people were vaccinated against the virus on Wednesday, the highest number of people vaccinated in a single day in the district to date.
Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, who presided over a virtual meeting of the District Task Force for Covid-19, asked the department to prepare a schedule for mobile teams to target the migrant workers in factories and other industrial units, residential societies, and clubs, as this step would significantly ramp up the vaccination campaign amid a steady rise in cases across the state.
On Wednesday, Ludhiana had the third-highest single-day case tally (320) among the state’s districts. It also had the third-highest number of open cases (2,289).
DC Sharma stated that the Covid-19 vaccine is inadequate supply and requested that officials ensure proper training of personnel assigned to mobile teams.
“As many as 6,600 persons received the Covid-19 vaccine shots in the district, the highest in a single day. This shows people are coming forward and this momentum needs to be further augmented to break the transmission of the virus,” he added. Sandeep Kumar, ADC Development and. Nodal officer Covid-19, Dr. Sukhjeewan Kakkar, civil surgeon, Dr. Kiran Gill, district immunization officer, Dr. Bishav Mohan cardiologist of DMCH were also present in the meeting of the task force.