Aurangabad district health officer Dr Sudhakar Shelke said the number of people getting vaccinated has drastically come down in the past few weeks, while at the same time, the number of Covid cases has started surging in other parts of the state.
“BA.4 and BA.5 sub-mutants have already been detected in cities like Pune and Mumbai. As Aurangabad is well-connected with these two cities, the possibility of infection reaching Aurangabad through people commuting between these two cities cannot be ruled out,” he said.
He also appealed to the people to get vaccinated — both second and booster doses — and warned that in the fourth wave, possibility of children getting infected is high.
The DHO said they are taking help of block education officer and women and child welfare development officer for conducting vaccination camps in schools at every village. “Also starting from this week, arrangements are being made to vaccinate all students in the age group of 12 to 14 and 15 to 18,” he said
Echoing similar views, Aurangabad Municipal Corporation’s (AMC) health officer Dr Paras Mandlecha said there is a possibility of fourth wave registering a surge in June and accordingly people should start taking due precautions and co-operate with the health department.
“As on date Aurangabad has four active Covid-19 patients and this is not the time to lower the guard. The sub-variant of omicron is getting identified in genome sequencing,” he said.