After Maharashtra, Karnataka suspends Covid vaccines for 18-44 from Friday

Bengaluru: The Karnataka authorities has determined to droop vaccination for folks within the 18-44 age group from Friday as a result of it doesn’t have sufficient vaccines, the state well being division stated in an announcement on Wednesday night. The transfer comes a day after Maharashtra introduced that it will divert 310,000 Covaxin doses meant for these aged between 18 and 44 to the 45+ age group.

“Right now the state authorities has determined that the vaccine procured immediately by the state for vaccination of individuals between 18 to 44 years shall be utilised for vaccination of beneficiaries who’re due for second dose,” the Karnataka well being division stated in an announcement.

“On this regard vaccination for the 18 to 44 age group (together with those that have already booked appointments) shall be briefly suspended from 14.05.2021 (Friday) until additional orders,” the well being division stated.

The choice to decelerate jabs for the 18-44 inhabitants comes at a time when the Covid- 19 surge continues in Karnataka, with the variety of energetic instances inching in direction of the 600,000 mark. The state has reported 39,998 new infections through the 24-hour interval on Tuesday. The positivity fee stays round 30%, based on the day by day bulletin of the state well being division. It stated 517 folks died within the state through the 24-hour-period. Bengaluru accounted for 275 out of the 517 fatalities.

However the state has already needed to go gradual on the vaccination drive as a result of depleting shares.

Gaurav Gupta, the chief commissioner of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Wednesday stated there have been simply 40,000 doses of vaccines left in Bengaluru.

There have been a number of reviews of vaccine scarcity over the previous few days, prompting some folks to journey to vaccination centres 100 km from town the place native residents have been gradual to e book slots on the CoWin app.

The state authorities, until it formally introduced suspension of the vaccination programme for the 18-44 age group, had been insisting that there was no scarcity of vaccines.

“We don’t have a scarcity as such. As and when the vaccine arrives, we are going to give vaccination to all. We wish to give it to all people,” Ok Sudhakar, Karnataka’s minister for well being, household welfare and medical training stated on Wednesday.

Karnataka has administered 10,882,080 doses of vaccines of which solely 2,293,210 have obtained each doses, as per the information. That is simply round 3.5% of the state’s estimated inhabitants of 60.5 million. Karnataka has, in all, positioned orders for 10 million Covishield vaccines from Serum Institute of India. As well as, it has stated it should float tenders for one more 20 million doses together with 10 million doses of Covaxin.

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