Maharashtra asks Centre for minimal 30-35 lakh vaccine doses

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The state of Maharashtra has requested the Centra authorities for no less than 30-35 lakh doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to fulfill the day by day goal of vaccinating as many as 4.5 lakh beneficiaries.

State immunisation officer Dr D N Patil stated every district is performing effectively and therefore, some are exhausting their inventory in a single or two days. “There is a shortage presently, and we have asked the Centre to supply a minimum stock of vaccines for at least a fortnight,” Dr Patil advised The Indian Express.

“Going by the figure of 4.5 lakh vaccinations per day, we have asked for a minimum of 30-35 lakh doses. We have still not received a response from the Centre,” Dr Patil stated.

Maharashtra not too long ago crossed the milestone of 82 lakh vaccinations and was the very best amongst states with a day by day file of over 4 lakh vaccinations. However, a number of districts have began working out of vaccine inventory.

Health officers at Sangli district stated they ran out of inventory at three pm on Wednesday, whereas Satara district well being officers stated they might not have the ability to conduct vaccinations from Thursday.

Kolhapur is going through the same scenario, whereas Pune district can pull together with the drive for the subsequent one-two days. Most well being officers within the districts within the Pune area are upset as a number of efforts have been made to mobilise an in any other case hesitant inhabitants to get the vaccine shot.

Ayush Prasad, CEO of Pune Zilla Parishad stated there may be immense enthusiasm amongst discipline workers and protecting a buffer inventory prepared provides to the boldness ranges amongst immunisation officers on the centres. “Presently we have a stock of 50,000 doses and have procured 20,000 additional doses, which are now being immediately distributed to centres,” Prasad stated.

Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, Deputy Director of the Pune circle, which incorporates the Pune, Satara and Solapur districts, stated that until date, a complete of 15.85 lakh beneficiaries have been vaccinated, of which 11.36 lakh are from the Pune district. The remaining 2.56 lakh beneficiaries are from Satara, whereas 1.96 lakh beneficiaries are from Solapur district.

Dr Deshmukh admitted some districts could must briefly pause vaccinations until the inventory is replenished. “Pune district has 526 Covid vaccination centres and presently a stock of 1.20 lakh doses is available. Other districts may however run out of stock in the next one or two days,” Dr Deshmukh stated, including that they had been additionally ready for directives from the state.

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