Health Minister Rajesh Tope shares information on limited availability of vaccines

As per reports, the government is in talks with vaccine manufacturers for additional doses. Once received, authorities plan to ramp up the process and vaccinate around eight lakh citizens per day.

Health Minister Rajesh Tope shares information on limited availability of vaccines

On the occasion of Maharashtra Day, i.e. May 1, 2021, some citizens between the age group of 18 and 44 will be vaccinated across the country at selected vaccination centers. At present, the state we has limited vaccines available, and hence, only those who register on CoWin and the ones who get the message should come for vaccination, said Maharashtra State Health Minister, Rajesh Tope.

 He shared the information while addressing the media, and said that there may be fewer centres in some districts across the state, but the government will expand the same based on the availability of the vaccine.

He confirmed that as of now, there are 13,000 vaccination centers, hospitals and other centers, and the state has been vaccinating over five lakh people per day. If we get 50 to 60 lakh doses of vaccine in a week, the government can increase the same to 8 lakh people per day. In addition, this can further be increased to 13 lakh vaccinations.

However, owing to the limited supply of vaccines, the state government has written a letter to the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech asking about the availability of vaccines. According to the report, SII will be able to give 13 to 14 lakh Covshield vaccines in May 2021, while Bharat Biotech will give approximately 4.5 lakh covaxin doses. 

The combined number of vaccines will go up to 18 lakhs, and with this, the government can start vaccinating people between the ages of 18 and 44. However, currently, this drive can be continued at very few centers only, otherwise the vaccine may run out soon, said Rajesh Tope.

The government is also planning to vaccinate those who have received the the first dose of the vaccine, and administering their second dose will be considered as a matter of priority, he said.

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