Overall, 11 districts have covered between 50% and 60% of the segment with one dose, while another 11 fall in the 60% to 70% category. Two districts have covered more than 70% but are under 80%, while only five districts — Yadgir, Kalaburagi, Koppal, Tumakuru and Bengaluru — are yet to breach the halfway mark.
With 18,607 of the targeted 23,115 teenagers jabbed, Kodagu has the highest coverage in the state, followed by Uttara Kannada (76%), Udupi (74%), and Haveri (69%). However, these districts have a relatively low number of potential beneficiaries who are eligible to take the shot.
More than 12. 2 lakh or 38% of the more than 31.7 lakh targeted teenagers belong to just five districts — Bengaluru, Belagavi, Ballari, Kalaburagi and Mysuru. These districts together have administered 6. 3 lakh vaccine doses, which is more than 55% of the total vaccine doses administered across the state. Bengaluru — comprising BBMP and Bengaluru Urban — has a target of more than five lakh, of whom more than 2. 3 lakh have been covered with one dose.
Cases among under-20 Meanwhile, analysis of agewise data for January (up to 12th) shows that of the 92,182 fresh cases reported in the state, more than 13,000 are aged under 20 years. Of these, 2,475 are in the 0-9 age group while the remaining 10,526 are in the 10-19 age group. Together, patients in these two age groups account for 14% of the total cases in January. “One reason could be because this category of people are now being vaccinated and those with symptoms get tested before vaccination,” said D Randeep, health commissioner. “Also, many of these cases could be triggered by clusters in hostels, colleges, etc. , given that only schools are closed as of now.”
The 20-29 years age group is the most infected (25,059) followed by those the 30-39 group (21,696). The health department, which on Wednesday released a detailed triaging protocol for those aged above 18 years, has already prepared a protocol for those under 18. The state Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is in the process of finalising details. Randeep added: “Among the total positives, the percentage of those in the 0-9 age group is low. We have worked out the triaging protocol for children and sent it to the TAC. We should be able to notify it in a couple of days so people can check for simple parameters like heartbeat, breathing pattern etc. , of children, and decide whether to consult a doctor. ”