Vaccination shortage in Kerala: Health Minister summons high-level meeting

Kerala Health Minister Veena George.

Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George has summoned an emergency meeting of higher officials to examine the vaccination drive in the state. The meeting has observed that the state has been witnessing a severe shortage of COVID vaccine.

It is reported that the available stock of vaccine doses will run out within a few days. The central government has informed that fresh stock of COVID vaccine doses will be supplied to Kerala on August 11.

It is learned that most of the vaccination centres in the state will not function on Tuesday due to vaccine shortage.

The vaccine is out of stock in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Wayanad. The vaccination centres have been asked to utilize the available stock. The health minister also asked to ensure supply of vaccine to the state.

The minister has also given directions to intensify the vaccination drive as per the availability of stock.

“We aim to vaccinate the maximum number of people. The vaccination drive will be carried out in various phases. In the first phase, all people above 60 years will be vaccinated. Over 9 lakh people in this age group are yet to receive the first dose of vaccine. They will be vaccinated by August 15, informed the minister.

The state has proven that over 5 lakh people will be vaccinated per day. The first dose of vaccine will be administrated to people above 60 years within two or three days as per the availability of new stock. A special project has been drafted to execute it, informed the health minister’s office.

On Monday, 2,49,943 people were inoculated in the state.

Till date, a total of 2,20,88,293 people took the vaccine. Among them, 1,56,63,417 people received the first dose and 62,24, 876 people took the second jab.

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