According to data, the Pune district has been performing the highest number of vaccinations in the state for several days now. Pune has also exceeded Mumbai’s vaccine coverage on a daily basis. Since the vaccination campaign began on January 16, the state capital has seen impressive coverage figures. However, recent data shows that the Pune area has consistently reported over 35,000 doses per day, which is higher than the Mumbai suburban region.
In Pune on March 25, 38,409 doses were given out; on March 26, 38,061 doses were given out; and on March 27, 38,145 doses were given out. In the three days leading up to Saturday, approximately 1.15 lakh doses were distributed. On March 25, the Mumbai suburban area gave out 25,789 doses, followed by 30,068 doses on March 26 and 28,397 doses on March 27. Pune also had the highest number of vaccinations in the state during these days.
As the vaccination campaign progresses, several government officials are now coming forward to assist with the initiative, according to Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, assistant director (medical), Pune circle. However, the key explanation for the rise in vaccines is that as cases have increased again, more people are coming forward to get vaccinated. The hesitation which people had regarding the vaccine has now reduced significantly. Many of the initial issues, according to Dr Deshmukh, have been resolved. Cowin is now running smoothly, with no hiccups. In addition, the Pune district began with 55 vaccination sites and now has 328. From April 1, the number will be increased to 600. All of these factors contribute to Pune’s high vaccination rate.
Dr. DN Patil, the state immunisation officer, said the vaccination drive in Pune picked up speed soon after the increase in cases. Many more people are now interested in being protected from Covid-19.