In view of the acute shortage of Kovid-19 vaccine in West Bengal, the state government has taken a big decision. To meet the growing demand for the second dose, the government continues to cut the first dose. The state government has directed all district and government hospitals to reserve at least 50 percent of the available vaccine for the second dose.
Severe shortage of Kovid-19 vaccine in West Bengal
A senior health department official said, “Due to the acute shortage of vaccine, the second dose will be administered on priority till we are provided with sufficient quantity of vaccine. We have only 6 lakh vaccine doses left.” Government data has revealed that till June 29, at least 6 lakh 70 thousand people were due for the second dose of Kovishield, while 1 lakh 60 thousand people were left for the second dose of Covaccine. Overall, the remaining number for the second dose is about 3 lakh 79 thousand.
Decision to cut down on first dose
The official said that the first dose for Kolkata Municipal Corporation will not be administered for the next two days. He told that by the end of July, about 6 lakh people will be due for the second dose only in Kolkata. The districts have also been asked to identify those people whose second dose is pending. The due date for the second dose for Covishield is 12-16 weeks after and for Covaccine it is 4-6 weeks after the first dose. So far, the government has got 2 crore 17 lakh people vaccinated, out of which 1 crore 67 lakh people were about to get the first dose. Only 49 lakh 80 thousand people have got the second dose. The maximum vaccine was used in Kolkata i.e. 25 lakh 80 thousand people of Kolkata were given the first dose while 6 lakh 30 thousand people used the second dose.
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