*Target to vaccinate every eligible citizen by end of the year:Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*

   

*Target to vaccinate every eligible citizen by end of the year:Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*

*1.86 crore doses administered so far*

*Bengaluru, June 21, Monday*

Karnataka aims to vaccinate every eligible citizen by the end of December and make the state free from Covid-19, said Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar.

Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa flagged off the Laiksa Maha Abhiyana at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College, organized on the occasion of International Yoga Day.

Speaking to media, Dr.Sudhakar said that PM Narendra Modi has suggested to organise accelerated vaccination drive to mark the Yoga Day. Today we have set a target to inoculate about 7 lakh people in a single day.  Our aim to vaccinate every eligible citizen by the end of December and make the state free from Covid-19, 

The theme of this year's Yoga Day is 'Be with Yoga, Yoga for Wellness'. In the wake of pandemic, this year too we need to celebrate yoga day at our homes. Yoga is necessary not just for individual's physical and mental health but also for societal health. Yoga is India's gift to the world and it is a matter of pride that the whole world is celebrating Yoga Day every year on 21st June, ever since PM Modi proposed this at UN General Assembly in September 2014, he added.

Gita says that our body is akin to a chariot whose charioteer is our mind and our senses are the horses of the chariot. If only our mind is sound and balanced the senses (horses) will move in right direction. Yoga helps in maintaining a sound and balanced mind which is in sync with our body. The benefits of pranayama for the health of lungs is immense. Yoga also increases our immunity power, he said. 

*1.86 crore doses administered*

We have a stock of about 15 lakh doses of covishield and 6-7 lakh doses of covaxin in the state. More than 1.86 crore doses have been administered so far in 13,000 vaccination centres across the state. Even if we achieve 70-80 doses per centre we will meet our target. Active participation from citizens is crucial for the success of vaccination drive, he said.

The awareness about importance of vaccine has increased now. Initially people were hesitant but gradually the hesitancy has come down. Peope have now realised that vaccine is the best way to protect ourselves from the virus, minister said.

State govt is not hiding any data. Central govt itself has praised that Karnataka is a model in publishing data with transparency, he added.