Maharashtra lockdown news | Maharashtra suspends COVID-19 vaccine drive for 18-44 age group due to shortage

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope

Maharashtra Well being Minister Rajesh Tope&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit score:&nbspANI

Key Highlights

  • Maharashtra reviews scarcity of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Remaining inventory of vaccines to be prioritised for second dose of 45+ folks
  • Maharashtra to supply free therapy for mucormycosis or black fungus illness

Mumbai: The Authorities of Maharashtra on Tuesday suspended the COVID-19 vaccination drive for the 18-44 age group as a consequence of a scarcity of jabs. State Well being Minister Rajesh Tope informed the media that the federal government has determined to prioritise the second dose of the 45+ age group folks with the remaining inventory of vaccines.

The minister stated the transfer, nevertheless, is short-term.

“There’s a dearth of vaccines, therefore we’re contemplating holding off vaccination drive briefly for 18-44 age group. 2.75 lakh vaccine doses are left for this age group that’ll be now used for 45 years and above group. Administering the second dose is a precedence,” the minister stated.

He additionally knowledgeable that sufferers affected by mucormycosis or black fungus illness will now be handled free-of-cost within the state beneath Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana.

“Over 2,000 circumstances have been reported and eight folks have died as a consequence of this an infection within the state to this point. We’re making particular wards for these sufferers,” Tope knowledgeable.

He additionally stated {that a} determination on extending the lockdown within the state will likely be taken within the Cupboard assembly scheduled for tomorrow.

Lockdown-like restrictions have been imposed in Maharashtra because the begin of April and these are as a consequence of finish on Could 14 except prolonged additional.

Stricter restrictions had been imposed within the western state following an unprecedented surge in coronavirus circumstances in the course of the ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a part of the lockdown measures, the MVA authorities permitted the acquisition of important meals gadgets just for 4 hours day by day.

Maharashtra has been reporting round 60,000 COVID-19 circumstances every day, although capital Mumbai has seen a dip in new circumstances over the previous few days.

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