80% of military, central security forces have got first shot, but police in top Covid states lag

By The print

More than 80 per cent of the personnel in India’s security forces — including armed and police forces — have received the first Covid shot, according to data gathered by ThePrint. However, it is a different story when it comes to both the doses of the jab.

In the Army, the Indian Air Force (IAF), and the Navy, 50 per cent of the personnel have been administered the complete two-dose regimen, with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) — three of India’s Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) — mirroring the trend.

The number lags at less than 40 per cent for state police forces in Maharashtra, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh, which are among the states showing an upward trajectory in Covid cases. The number is as low as 26 per cent for Punjab.

In the three states, 70-80 per cent of police personnel have received the first dose.

In Delhi, where Covid cases have been surging as well, the statistics are healthier, with 62 per cent of police personnel having received both the shots. As many as 90 per cent of the police personnel in the national capital have received the first dose.

Data for this report has been individually gathered from each of the forces mentioned. Vaccination for security personnel — who have been classified as frontline workers amid the Covid pandemic — began in the first phase of the drive that was kicked off 16 January.

Sources in the defence forces said the vaccination drive for the Army, the IAF and the Navy is progressing at a rapid pace, with the authorities also making an effort to immunise family members of personnel who meet the age criterion set for the general public.

There is no age bar for health and frontline personnel, but, among the general public, only those aged 45 and above can currently get vaccinated.

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