Bangalore: In Bengaluru, more than 50% of the eligible population has been given at least one dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine. This information has come out from the data available on the Co-Win portal. This number is a relief for a city preparing for a third wave of the pandemic, as experts suggested that giving at least one dose to 75% of the population would reduce the effects of the third wave.
According to data from CoWin app, 59.4 lakh people in Bengaluru have been given at least one dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine. 50.6 lakh people have received the first dose, while 9,14,000 people have received both the shots. According to the Election Commission, there are 90 lakh eligible voters in Bengaluru city. However, the number of people eligible for vaccination is estimated to be a little over 91 lakhs.
Potential third wave effect dependent on vaccination
With predictions of a possible third wave of coronavirus in October and November, experts have said that the severity of the next wave will depend on how people are vaccinated in the coming four months. According to Dr CN Manjunath, Member and Director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, “If we are able to build herd immunity, we can blunt the effect of the third wave but it is going to be a challenge, .
Vaccination of 60% to 75% of the population is necessary
On the minimum target of vaccination to avoid a third wave, experts have said that between 60% to 75% of the population should get at least one dose of the vaccine before the third wave hits, Manjunath said. At least 70% of the population should be vaccinated. At the same time, Dr. Ravi V, a virologist and member of the Karnataka Technical Advisory Committee on Kovid-19, also said that 70-75% of the population should get at least the first dose of the vaccine before the onset of the third wave.
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