Ladakh becomes first UT to vaccinate entire population with 1st COVID-19 dose

In a recent development, Union Territory of Ladakh becomes the first ever to vaccinate all its residents and guess population with first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

According to official data, a total of 89,404 people from all eligible age groups, including 18-44 years, have been administered the first dose of COVID vaccine. The second dose has been administered to 60,936 people. This was done in less than three months of starting the third phase of vaccination, covering the 18-44 age group. A total of 6,821 Nepalese citizens living in the UT were among those vaccinated.

Ladakh's guest population includes hotel workers, migrant labourers, and Nepalese citizens.

"With the efforts of PM Modi, Health Ministry, and all COVID warriors, Ladakh has become the first Union Territory in the country to vaccinate all people, including guest population, with 1st dose of COVID19 jab", Ladakh BJP MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal said.

According to a report by TOI, a senior district official said that Central government also ensured steady and “more than adequate” supply of vaccine “which boosted the confidence of health workers and paced up the speed of vaccination in spite of the difficulties”.

“We ended up with surplus vaccines. So instead of wasting them, we started vaccinating once the government decided in principle to vaccinate this age group", he added.

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