Prioritise beneficiaries, Centre tells states
The Morning Standard|May 08, 2021
Fresh directive says 70:30 ratio should be maintained in second and first doses while using Central vaccine quota
SUMI SUKANYA DUTTA

AMID a massive Covid-19 vaccine shortage that has slowed down the pace of immunisation against the virus across the country, the Centre has now asked the states to prioritise the beneficiaries of the second dose and ensure that the recommended vaccination schedule is maintained.

The Union government has also asked state governments to utilise supplies of vaccines from the Central quota in a 70:30 ratio for second and first dose, respectively. The directive comes amid concerns in most states that the recommended vaccination schedule for a large number of beneficiaries is getting hampered due to inadequate supplies. As per government guidelines, the recommended gap between two doses of Covaxin is 4-6 weeks and for Covishield 4-8 weeks.

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