Ahmedabad. In Gujarat, from May 1, more than 23 lakh people in the age group of 18-44 have been given free doses of Kovid-19 vaccine. The state government gave this information on Saturday. An official release said, “23,63,254 people in the age group of 18-44 have received the vaccine so far. Vaccines were given to 2,63,507 people of this category on Saturday. The state government had earlier announced a plan to vaccinate three lakh people, including 2.25 lakh people in the age group of 18-44, daily.
The government started this campaign from June 4 in all 33 districts for this age group. Earlier, vaccines were being given to this group of people only in 10 districts. The state government has spent Rs 93.15 crore on procuring vaccines for this age group, the release said. Orders for three crore more doses have already been placed, the release said. Vaccines were given to 2,63,507 people on Saturday. Of these, 79,896 vaccines were given in municipal areas and 1,98,123 in other areas. According to the release, 1,92,692 people in the age group of 18-44 were administered the vaccine on Friday.
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Action will be taken against those spreading fake informationEarlier on Friday, the Gujarat government said that it will take action under the Epidemic Diseases Act against people spreading fake information and rumors against the vaccine for Kovid-19.
State Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said that due to rumours, superstitions and misconceptions being spread against the Kovid vaccine in some parts of the state, people are not coming forward for vaccination.
Talking to reporters in Gandhinagar, the Deputy Chief Minister said, “People are falling under the guise of rumours, superstitions and misconceptions being spread about the Kovid vaccine. People are being told that if certain customs are followed, there will be no need for vaccines. That is why people are not coming forward for vaccination in some parts of the state.
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Nitin Patel, who holds the responsibility of Gujarat’s health department, said strict action would be taken under the Epidemic Diseases Act against those found guilty of spreading rumors and false information against the vaccine.
The government has engaged MLAs, party workers, religious leaders, local officials and NGOs in the vaccination campaign to spread awareness about the benefits of the vaccine and eliminate superstition.
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