BJP-ruled states ahead in vaccination coverage than Congress-led states: Govt sources


New Delhi: No state ruled by Congress or its allies has been able to give the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to over 90 per cent of its population and second dose to over 50 per cent of its residents, government sources have said.

They said at least seven BJP ruled states have got over 90 per cent coverage of the first dose and eight BJP ruled states have touched 50 per cent coverage of the second dose.

In Jharkhand, which has a coalition government that includes both JMM and Congress, only 66.2 per cent of people have been vaccinated with the first dose while 30.8 per cent have been given the second dose of vaccine.

Govt Sources say, ‘No Congress or its allied ruled States has been able to give 1st dose to over 90% of people&2nd dose to over 50% of people. At least 7 BJP ruled states got over 90% coverage of 1st dose & 8 BJP ruled states touched 50% coverage of 2nd dose’

In Punjab, 72.5 per cent of people received the first dose of the vaccine while 32.8 per cent has received the second dose. In Tamil Nadu, the figures for first and second dose of vaccination are 78.1 per cent and 42.65 per cent respectively, in Maharashtra the figures are 80.11 per cent and 42.5 per cent, in Chhattisgarh 83.2 per cent and 47.2 per cent, in Rajasthan 84.2 per cent and 46.9 per cent and in Trinamool Congress-ruled West Bengal, it is 86.6 per cent and 39.4 per cent.

Among the BJP-ruled states, 100 per cent population has been administered with the first dose of vaccine in Himachal Pradesh and Goa. While the figure for second dose for Himachal Pradesh is 91.9 per cent, it is 87.9 per cent for Goa.