Low stock to hit brake on TN’s Covid vaccine drive?

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Putting the cart forward of the horse, one would possibly say, contemplating the federal government’s announcement of opening the vaccination drive for folks within the age group of 18 to 44, however falling wanting vaccine stock to go forward with the initiative.

Despite the delayed-yet-ambitious transfer to cowl the youthful inhabitants, the low stock of Covid-19 vaccines is hampering the drive throughout the nation. Ergo, like many different States, Tamil Nadu may additionally not start vaccinating folks within the age bracket from May 1. Reason, the Union authorities is but to give any info on the availability of vaccines to the State, stated Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan, on Friday.

Speaking to the press after inspecting Unified Command Centre (UCC) on the DMS campus, Radhakrishnan stated, “The State is yet to receive any information from the Centre on things like how much supply the State would receive from the Serum Institute of India (SII) (Pune) and Bharat Biotech (Hyderabad).” 

Chennai metropolis company commissioner Prakash stated the town just isn’t but prepared to vaccinate this group. Chennai is likely one of the Covid hotspots within the south. The Health Secretary stated, “Instead of waiting till tomorrow (and disappoint people), I wish to clarify (now) that we are unsure when and how much out of the 1.5 crore doses of vaccine sought by the State will arrive.”

‘We have vax stock only for those above 45 years’

Radhakrishnan added that the State has begun the method to place orders for 1.5 crore doses of vaccine, however the Centre has set a restrict for that order too. “We are also doubtful whether this limited order will be received tomorrow (May 1) itself. There is still a question mark on these things. We are in touch with SII and Bharat Biotech,” he stated.

“We can begin the drive for those above 18 to 44 years only if we receive doses from these companies. Till today, we have not received any information when the supply will be received,” stated the secretary. However, the State has made preparations for vaccine camps and stated it should supply free vaccines for these in 18-44 age bracket. The authorities has listed a set of sectors which will probably be get precedence without spending a dime vaccines.

“Though we have made all arrangements, we have stock only for those above 45 years. The State has so far received 68 lakh vaccines, of which, around 56-57 lakhs were used. So,the vaccination drive for this age group (above 45) will continue (with the existing stock),” Radhakrishnan stated.

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