State to defer vaccination drive for 18 plus age group due to shortage of vaccines
Thiruvananthapuram: The vaccination drive for the 18-44 age group which was to begin on Saturday may be deferred due to massive shortage of vaccines. Though the state had begun measures to procure 1 crore vaccines from the companies directly, a proper date on when the vaccines would be delivered to the state is yet to be announced by the companies which will henceforth delay the vaccination.
Registration for the 18 plus age group began from Wednesday evening. The state government had decided to inocculate from Saturday onwards but chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that the drive would begin only after the supply of vaccines.
The CM said that the state can’t decide anything on its own when there is a shortage. He hinted that the inoculation drive may not take off on Saturday. The government had decided to buy vaccines directly and the centre will decide on the allotment to the state, CM had said.
Chief secretary V P Joy had written to the Union Health Ministry to allot 75 lakh doses of vaccine on an emergency basis to the state. The state has demanded 50 lakh doses of Covishield and 25 lakh doses of Covaxin. The state informed the centre that vaccination has been stopped due to non availability of vaccines.
The state supplied 1.25 lakh doses of vaccines to all districts by Friday evening. Many states have deferred the third phase of the drive due to shortage of vaccines.