Corona Vaccination: Delhi, Rajasthan, Bengal and Maharashtra have complained of lack of corona vaccine. An official of the Bengal Health Department said on Monday that due to irregular supply of Kovid-19 vaccine by the Center, the vaccination campaign in the state is going at turtle speed. He said that the state government is facing problem in equitable distribution of vaccines in all 23 districts.
He said that Bengal has so far received 2.30 crore doses of the vaccine and more than 1.77 crore people have taken both the first dose and more than 62 lakh people have received both. He informed that the state government has purchased 18 lakh doses of the vaccine by spending Rs 59 crore from its fund. He said that the state has the capacity and infrastructure to vaccinate at least five lakh people every day.
He said, “In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, health officials are sitting vacant for vaccination at the vaccination centers. Here the situation is different. We are not getting enough dosage. Had the supply been normal, we would have vaccinated lakhs of people.
The stock of Kovidshield vaccine in Delhi has run out, due to which some Kovid vaccination centers are going to be closed on Tuesday. Officials gave this information on Monday. According to a bulletin, there were 19,000 doses of Covishield and 2,39,000 doses of Covaxin in the national capital on Monday morning.
Raising the issue of shortage of Kovid vaccines in the city, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted, “Vaccine has run out again in Delhi… Central government gives vaccine for a day or two, then we have to keep vaccine centers closed for several days. Huh. What is the compulsion of the central government… why is our country’s vaccine program running faltering even after so many days?
The bulletin said that a total of 36,238 vaccine doses were administered on Monday, taking the total number of doses administered so far in Delhi to 89,37,904. Government vaccination centers in the city remained closed on Sunday.
Rajasthan Health Secretary Siddharth Mahajan said on Monday that the COVID-19 vaccination session was not conducted in 25 out of 33 districts due to lack of vaccines. He said that the state would get eight lakh doses of the vaccine on Monday night, which would be used in the next two days in the state.
Mahajan said that the state had demanded 1.5 crore doses for July, but the Center has allocated 65 lakh doses. The official said that the state government has written a letter to the Center to allot the vaccines allotted to private hospitals to the state government.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on July 9 wrote a letter to the Union Health Minister urging the state not only to increase the allocation of vaccines but also to allot the entire quota (100 per cent).
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Monday that at least three crore doses of anti-Covid vaccine per month would be required to vaccinate the entire eligible population of the state at the earliest to protect against the corona virus.
Rajesh Tope said that the state has the capacity to vaccinate 15 lakh people per day but “due to lack of vaccines” only two or three lakh people are getting vaccinated in a day.
The minister said, “Three days ago, we got seven lakh doses of the vaccine. With the end of the day, this consignment will also end. So far we have received more than 3.60 crore doses of vaccine, out of which about 25 lakh doses have been directly procured by the state government.
Responding to a question about the lack of vaccines in the state, Tope said, “We are working below our capacity.” He said that if vaccines are properly supplied, then the entire eligible population will be vaccinated. The target will be achieved as soon as possible.
There is no shortage of vaccine in Gujarat
Gujarat government officials said on Monday that “adequate” doses of anti-Covid vaccine have been received from the Center so far to protect the people of the state from coronavirus and the state has about seven lakh more doses of the vaccine. The officials expressed confidence that all the eligible people of the state would be vaccinated by the end of this year.
State Immunization Officer Dr. Nayan Jani said that according to the demand and requirement of the state, the Gujarat government has received about 2.8 crore doses of anti-Kovid-19 vaccines ‘Covaxin’ and ‘Kovshield’ so far.
Decline in daily average of anti-covid vaccination
The daily average of anti-coronavirus vaccination has been declining since June 21, when the new phase of COVID-19 vaccination began in the country. This is known from government figures.
According to the data available on the Kovin platform, an average of 61.14 lakh doses of anti-Covid vaccine were administered each day in the week 21-27 June. In the following week, between June 28 and July 4, this figure came down to 41.92 lakh doses per day. In the week 5 to 11 July, the average number of vaccine doses administered per day further reduced to 34.32 lakh.
There has been a mixed trend regarding immunization across states, with immunization rates being consistent in some states and union territories and declining in others.
Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh saw a decline in the average daily immunization from the week of June 21-27, while Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra Nagar Haveli and Jammu and Kashmir saw a decline in daily immunizations, according to Covin data. Continuity has been observed in
States such as Assam and Tripura, which are witnessing a rise in new cases of corona virus, may see a decline in the daily average vaccination. Despite this decline, the daily average vaccination is higher here than in the earlier phase of anti-Covid vaccination. According to the data, the daily average vaccination in the week of June 14-20 was 33.97 lakh.
The Union Health Ministry said on Monday that more than 1.54 crore unused doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccine are available with states, union territories and private hospitals. It was told that out of the total doses of vaccine, 37,31,88,834 doses (including wasted doses) have been used.
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