Other district HQs follow suit
Victoria Hospital housekeeper gets first dose
The much-awaited Covid-19 vaccination programme was on Saturday kickstarted in Bengaluru and at around 240 other centres in Karnataka.
Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the programme nationwide through video conferencing, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa launched the programme at Victoria Hospita in Bengaluru, with the vaccination drive kicking off simultaneously in various other district headquarters of the state.
Nagrathna (28) — a housekeeping staffer at Victoria Hospital — had the distinction of being the first frontline Covid warrior to be administered the first dose in the presence of the Chief Minister.
Other Covid warriors who were inoculated against the coronavirus were Gangadhar, Dr. Sushant (35), Kirti (28), Mala (30), Lokesh G (28), Vishnu Priya (24), Varun Kumar (26), Dr Sandesh Kandawala (32), Manoj BS (23), and Jayanti (32).
1st phase to cover 7 lakh
According to Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar, 7,17,439 health workers will be vaccinated in the first phase. “We are aiming to vaccinate 24,300 people on the first day itself.We have 8,14,500 doses of the vaccine and the initial phase is expected to be completed within a week,” he said.
Ten walk-in coolers, 4 walk-in freezers, 3,210 ice-lined refrigerators, 3,312 cold boxes, 46,591 vaccine carriers and 2,25,749 ice packs are available for storing and transporting the vaccines.