Everything ready for the vaccine drive to resume starting today

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There was a rapid spike in coronavirus cases on the south coast of Andhra Pradesh when two more people died of the virus within 24 hours in the SPSR Nellore district.

The vaccination campaign, which has suffered a setback after stocks are depleted, will be in full swing starting Wednesday thanks to the center’s replenishment of vaccine stocks, health officials said.

The number of active cases in Prakasam and SPSR Nellore districts rose by just over 550 to 3,470, dampening the Ugadi festive spirit. On average, the region recorded 500 new cases a day for the first fortnight in April. Compared to those discharged from hospitals, double the number of people were hospitalized.

COVID deaths that had declined in the past two months resurfaced with a few deaths each day within 14 days. With the two deaths, the toll in the SPSR Nellore district rose to 525. The toll remained unchanged at 589 in the Prakasam district.

Vaccine arrives

People who were concerned about vaccine unavailability can breathe a sigh of relief after the state government receives enough doses of vaccine, officials said.

According to S.Rajyalakshmi, the medical and health officer of the Nellore district, the vaccination campaign is to be restarted at 90 meeting places in the district. “We received 44,500 doses of vaccine sent to the public health centers on Tuesday,” she said as she oversaw preparations for the resumption of the journey with the village and departmental approach starting Wednesday.

Prakasam DMHO P. Ratnavalli, who oversaw Ongole’s preparations, said 25,000 doses of vaccine were received Tuesday. “We were promised an additional 25,000 doses of vaccine shortly,” she said.

The county government would cover a village in the jurisdiction of a saturation PHC before moving to another village. Doctors at each of the PHCs are given 500 doses of vaccine to vaccinate all eligible people in one village at a time on a satiety basis.

The total number of cases increased to 1,29,652. 233 patients, including 175 in the SPSR Nellore district, returned to their homes after their recovery to celebrate Ugadi with loved ones. The recovery rate, which was over 99% up to the last month, fell further to 96.46% as a result of new cases.

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