Short on supply, several states defer COVID-19 vaccination drive for people aged 18-44 years
Millennium Post Delhi|May 01, 2021
Delhi, Punjab, J&K, Arunachal, Karnataka, Kerala, Bengal and TN are latest to defer inoculation drive

Highlights

  • More than 2.45 crore beneficiaries have registered so far on the CoWIN portal
  • Centre says some states will being jabs for 18-44 yrs on May 1, vaccination drive will stabilise with time

NEW DELHI: The second wave of Corona continues to wreak havoc in the country and the number of patients infected with the virus is increasing rapidly in many states. Amidst all this, all citizens above the age of 18 will be administered the Corona vaccine dose across the country from May 1.

However, many states have cited the lack of vaccines as the reason to defer the vaccination drive. Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Bengal, Puducherry and Jammu & Kashmir are among the states who have deferred the vaccination drive. Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh are among the states which have already raised the issue of vaccine short-age even for the ongoing inoculation drive for those above 45 years of age. All of the aforementioned states have said that the dates will be announced later once the vaccine supply is established.

However, denying that there was any shortage of vaccine, the Union Health Ministry had on Thursday said that more than 1 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and UTs and they will receive over 20 lakh more doses by Sunday. As per reports, Serum Institute’s current manufacturing capacity is 6-7 crore doses per month while Bharat Biotech made around 2 crore doses in April as against 1.5 crore doses in March.

The Centre on Friday also said that some states, which have already coordinated with manufacturers, will kick off the drive on the designated date. It stressed that any new exercise takes time to pick up pace and this phase three of the vaccination drive too will stabilise over time.

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