Hyderabad: In an attempt to vaccinate all vulnerable groups against coronavirus, the Telangana government on Thursday began a special COVID-19 vaccination drive for cab and auto drivers.
In this special category, a total of five COVID-19 vaccination centres have been setup within the limits of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) with the goal to administer vaccines to 1000 beneficiaries everyday
The GHMC will also run the special drive for the nest 12 days, according to the requirement.
As per reports, the drivers welcomed this initiative of the Telangana state government, as they showed up in huge numbers at vaccination centres.
While underlining the need of the hour to administer the coronavirus vaccine, Shaik Salauddin, Chairman Telangana State Taxi And Drivers JCA, told ANI, “There is an absolute need of Covid-19 vaccines. Drivers are facing a problem in filling up online forms. We, as volunteers are trying to help them.”
Nagesh Kumar, Telangana Taxi Sector, State President, said, “After identifying drivers super-spreaders of Covid-19, the state government is conducting special vaccination drives. I express my gratitude on behalf of the drivers’ association.”
The drivers in the state have welcomed the initiative and thanked the state government.
India’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tally
India on Thursday (June 3) crossed the 22 crore figure in vaccination doses across the country according to the date of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. A total of 22,10,43,693 vaccine doses have been administered till 7 am on June 3. Out the this, 24,26,265 doses were given on June 2 alone.
The liberalised and accelerated phase-3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination has come into force from May 1, 2021 after which everyone above the age of 18 was eligible to receive a vaccine shot.
Out of the total doses administered on June 2, 21,90,941 were first dose beneficiaries while 2,35,324 were second dose beneficiaries.
Maharashtra was the top state in number 0f vaccinations at 2,30,52,074 (1,84,00,557 first dose and 46,51,517 second dose) followed by Uttar Pradesh at 1,90,34,656 (1,55,01,696 first dose and 35,32,960 second dose) and Rajasthan at 1,72,31,186 (1,40,80,570 first dose and 31,50,616 second dose).