Karnataka suspends vaccination drive for 18-44 age group from May 14 | Bengaluru News

The order can even be relevant for many who have already booked appointment slots for vaccines.

BENGALURU: Following extreme scarcity of vaccines and provide constraints, Karnataka authorities on Wednesday evening determined to droop vaccination drive for the 18-44 age group at authorities services from Might 14 till additional discover. Personal hospitals, nevertheless, will proceed administering vaccine doses for all age teams.
The federal government, in a press release, stated that it determined to make the most of the prevailing inventory of vaccines for these within the 45-plus age group and due for his or her second dose. “There’s a dearth of vaccines. Therefore, we’re contemplating holding off the vaccination drive briefly for the 18-44 age group,” the assertion added.
Due to this fact, all vaccines accessible with the state authorities – provided by the Centre and procured straight by the state – will probably be utilized for vaccination of beneficiaries due for the second dose.
The order can even be relevant for many who have already booked appointment slots for vaccines.
“This order will probably be relevant for Covid vaccination in any respect authorities vaccination centres within the state,” stated a press release from the division of well being and household welfare providers.
Hours earlier than the order was issued, Covid job power chief and deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan stated there was no scarcity of vaccines and they’ll proceed with the drive for 45-plus with out interruptions.
CM BS Yediyurappa, after a gathering with ministers and officers earlier within the day, had requested officers to “urgently handle” the problem of scarcity of vaccine within the state.
Vax disaster might persist for a few months
Chief secretary P Ravi Kumar indicated that the vaccination disaster is about to go on for a few months with the state receiving solely 50% of its fortnightly quota from the Centre and the remainder arriving days later, sending the inoculation programme into disarray. “The state of affairs may ease after June,” he stated.
He stated the Union authorities had allotted 15 lakh doses to Karnataka for each fortnight, however the state was receiving solely eight lakh doses, together with 90,000 of Covaxin, largely as a consequence of excessive demand from states and manufacturing constraints. “We predict the remaining (7 lakh) doses within the subsequent 2-Three days,” he added.
Karnataka has positioned orders with Pune-based Serum Institute of India and Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech Expertise, apart from floating international tenders, to reinforce its inventory of vaccines and speed up the marketing campaign.
Ravi Kumar stated the federal government can not set a deadline to finish the vaccination drive. “It’s not a simple job to inoculate 6.5 crore individuals within the state.
The manufacturing corporations are working additional time and ramping up their manufacturing capacities. Going by the tempo at which Karnataka is getting its share of anti-Covid vaccines, we would want a number of years to inoculate the whole inhabitants. Due to this fact, the state has determined to provide desire to these due for his or her second dose,’’ he added.

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