Maharashtra poorly performed among several states on vaccinating senior citizens

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Maharashtra has poorly performed among several states on vaccinating senior citizens as compared to other states. Maharashtra has vaccinated only 32% of its senior citizens aged above 60 and it is well below the country’s national average which is at 33%. This worrying statistic was flagged off as an area of concern in the Prime Minister’s covid review meeting with officials and experts held on Friday.

States like Rajasthan have managed to vaccinate 68% of their senior citizens and even states like Chattisgarh have managed to vaccinate 59% of their senior citizens, Himachal Pradesh has managed to vaccinate at 54%, while Gujarat has managed to vaccinate at 51%.

Delhi at 40%, Odisha at 39%, Karnataka 38% and Goa at 37% have also not done well in vaccinating those above 60 years of age, however they still seem to have done better at vaccinations than Maharashtra. The data is important as the senior citizens are considered more vulnerable if they get infected with the covid 19 virus.

Maharashtra since last year has been consistent as the state with the highest covid cases. On Friday the state recorded 67,123 fresh cases, one of the highest in a day which has pushed the total count of active cases to 6,47,933 cases. The fatality rate of the state is at 1.59%. Since the pandemic began in March last year, the case fatality rate has been coming down, in March 2020 it was at 2.3%. Almost 60,000 people in the state have died since the pandemic began last year.

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