Maharashtra halts Covid vaccination for 18-44 age group, only 45+ to be given priority now

The Maharashtra authorities has suspended Covid-19 vaccination for these within the 18-44 age group amid a scarcity of vaccine does, state well being minister Rajesh Tope stated on Tuesday.

The state authorities has determined to divert round three lakh vials of vaccine meant for the 18-44 age group for the usage of individuals aged 45 years and above.

Tope stated over 5 lakh individuals above 45 years are awaiting the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Talking to reporters, the state well being minister stated, “There’s a dearth of vaccines, therefore, we’re contemplating holding off vaccination drive quickly for the 18-44 age group. 2.75 lakh vaccine doses left for this group, which will probably be used for 45 years and above group now. Administering second dose is a precedence.”

‘Solely 35,000 vials of Covaxin presently accessible’

The Maharashtra well being minister stated that solely 35,000 vials of Covaxin are presently accessible with the state authorities, which will probably be diverted to these above 45 years of age who’re due for a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“Round 35,000 doses of Covaxin can be found for individuals above 45 years, however over 5 lakh individuals want the second dose of Covaxin. For this, we’re diverting Covaxin inventory to these above 45 years of age,” Tope acknowledged.

‘Vaccination suspended for 18+ age group who need Covaxin’

“Three lakh doses of Covaxin which was for the 18 to 44 age group will now be diverted to 45 and above. We’re suspending vaccination for the 18+ age group who need Covaxin,” the Maharashtra minister added.

“Efficacy of the vaccine is essentially affected if the second dose is just not administered in a stipulated time. To keep away from such well being disaster, the state authorities has determined to divert three lakh vials (of Covaxin) bought for the 18-44 age class for the individuals above 45 years,” Tope stated.

He additional added: “Mucormycosis sufferers will probably be handled without spending a dime underneath Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana. Over 2,000 circumstances have been reported and eight individuals have died of this an infection within the state to date. We’re making particular wards for these sufferers.”

The state well being minister additionally stated {that a} choice over the extension of lockdown in Maharashtra will probably be taken within the cupboard assembly on Wednesday.

In accordance with the Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated Nationwide Covid-19 Vaccination Technique, coronavirus vaccination is free at authorities vaccination centres that obtain doses from the Centre for eligible inhabitants teams comprising healthcare staff, frontline staff and folks above 45 years of age.

Nonetheless, states and personal hospitals have to acquire 50% of the vaccines so as to immunise individuals within the age group of 18 to 44 years.

In the meantime, as per the official knowledge, Maharashtra has 5,93,150 lively coronavirus circumstances. Round 24,920 new circumstances and 549 associated deaths have been reported within the state in a span of 24 hours.

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