COVID-19: Several States Cite Shortages Of Vaccine As India Opens Vaccination For 18+

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Several states have said they don’t have enough jabs to begin vaccinating people in the 18-44 age group in Phase 3 of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive that is to kick in from May 1.

Maharashtra 

In Mumbai, vaccination for the age group 18-44 will be done at five centres today – Nair Hospital, BKC Jumbo Facility, Cooper Hospital, Seven Hills Hospital and Rajawadi Hospital. At least 20,000 doses of vaccines are available for the age group, a civic body official said.

Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said: Vaccination for people b/w 18-44 yrs started at only one centre.We’ve received 4.5 lakh vaccines, being distributed in all dists. Large scale vaccination in Delhi will begin from day after. There’s no walk-in now. Only those with appointment & registration have to come

Earlier the Delhi CM had requested people to not crowd the vaccination centres in the national capital on May 1 as there are no vaccine stocks to start the Phase 3 vaccination on Saturday.

“I request you to not queue up at the centres tomorrow. As soon as the vaccines come, we will make proper announcements. Only then people with appointments can start coming to the centres,” said Kejriwal on Friday.

He added, “We have not received the vaccines yet, we are in constant touch with the company. We are hopeful that vaccines will reach by tomorrow or the day after. They have assured us. Three lakh doses of Covishield is coming to us first, tomorrow or the day after.”

Uttar Pradesh

Vaccination of people aged 18-44 years has started in Uttar Pradesh. In the initial phase, vaccination is being conducted in only seven districts. These districts are Lucknow, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Meerut and Bareilly, ie these seven cities are vaccinating people above 18 years.

On this occasion, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath himself reached the hospital and took stock of the vaccination.

Goa

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said the state will start inoculation of those in the 18-44 age group “as and when” vaccine doses are available.

Punjab

The Punjab government indicated that it could not start the vaccination process for the 18+ population from May 1 as the state is facing a shortage of vaccine doses.

Karnataka

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa also said the state has not been supplied with vaccines and hence vaccination for 18 years and above will only start once the supply comes in.

Gujarat

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has clearly said that the Covid-19 vaccination drive for the 18-45 age group in the state will start latest by May 15 instead and not May 1 as ordered by the Centre.

Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand on Friday also notified that phase 3 of the vaccination drive will not begin in the state from Saturday. It has said that the process will start after the first week of May.

“Centre has allotted around 1,22,000 doses of Covishield and around 42,000 doses of Covaxin to Uttarakhand for vaccination of those above 45 years. Vaccination drive for 18-45 age group will start after the first week of May after we receive the vaccines,” said Uttarakhand Health Secretary Amit Negi.

Madhya Pradesh

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the vaccination drive for the 18-44 age group would not start on May 1, as the manufacturers failed to supply enough vaccine doses in time.

“On contacting the manufacturers of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines we learnt that they are unable to give us doses for those above 18 years of age on May 1. So the drive covering the young people won’t start on May 1,” Chouhan said, adding, “hopefully we will be getting vaccine doses around May 3”.

India’s vaccines

India has two home-grown vaccines approved and deployed in current vaccination drive and a third one from Russia approved and awaiting delivery.

Last week, the government said its procurement price for both vaccines – Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and the Serum Institute’s Covishield – would remain at ₹ 150 per dose, and that the vaccines it procures will be free for states.

In a recent move, Bharat Biotech has reduced the price for states from ₹ 600 to ₹ 400 per dose while the SII has cut the prices from ₹ 400 to ₹ 300.

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