After a slow start, India is picking up the pace of its immunisation campaign as it tries to head off a new surge in infections that has brought the highest tallies of daily cases and deaths in months.
Asli Bai Sayat, 72, had to travel for two hours on a camel cart to get her first coronavirus vaccine shot in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan but she may not have to go so far for the follow-up dose.
After a slow start, India is picking up the pace of its immunization campaign, simplifying the process, opening more vaccination centers and turning to social media as it tries to head off a new surge in infections that has brought the highest tallies of daily cases and deaths in months.
More than 3.2 million people got vaccinations on a single day last week, one of the world’s highest rates, and health authorities around the country are calling for more doses as demand picks up and supplies in some places dwindle. “I came with my husband from about 30 kilometres to get the first dose,” Sayat, wearing a red-and-beige traditional dress with a walking stick by her side, told Reuters in the town of Shri Dungargarh.
“It’s hard to travel each time at this age but we have no choice.” A health official said Sayat and her husband might not have to come all the way back for their follow-up shots with chances a new vaccination centre would be set up close to their home as part of the drive to expand and speed up the campaign.
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