Tripura High Court on Friday termed the state’s claim to have administered the first dose of Covid vaccines to 80% of all eligible people including 98% in the category of above 45 as “inaccurate” and directed to correct the data at the earliest.
While hearing a suo motu case on the state’s pandemic preparations, the bench comprising Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice Subhasish Talapatra Friday directed Tripura National Health Mission director Dr Siddharth Shib Jaiswal - who published the figures on June 25 - to issue a press statement with accurate vaccination figures.
As per the affidavit of the government, the state has nearly 26.86 lakh eligible people above 18 years and 12.36 lakh people above 45 years.
The court order reads, “On the date when the Mission Director made these claims, the total vaccine doses administered was 2.427 million, of which, 566,458 were second doses. Therefore, the total number of people vaccinated was 1.860 million. Perhaps, he has taken the total doses of vaccines administered for arriving at this 80% coverage, forgetting that a substantial part of it was administered to the same person as a second dose.”
The court also observed that 1.437 million doses were administered to people above 45 years at the time and 566,458 residents got their second doses and most of them are from the 45+ age group.
“Around 900,000 out of 1.236 million people over 45 years of age were given the vaccines. This certainly does not come to 98% of the population in that age group,” the court added.
The NHM director is asked by the court to soon issue an official statement clarifying either there was an error on his side or a misunderstanding on the part of the press in understanding the figures.
The Court also asked the state to procure sufficient shots of vaccines to provide the second dose within the recommended period.