Vaccine shortage: Slots available only at private hospitals in many districts

In many districts, only the slot to private hospitals is available in the CoWIN portal

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Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George informed that there is a severe shortage of Covid vaccine in the state. The supply through government centres had been partially cut off since Monday due to vaccine shortage.

Only very few doses are available for the vaccination drive on Tuesday. The minister added that the state is constantly requesting the central government to make the vaccine available. Distribution through private hospitals is going well.

In many districts, vaccine slots can be booked only at private hospitals through the CoWIN portal. On Tuesday, vaccines will not be available in Kozhikode, Kollam, Thrissur and Thiruvananathapuram. Only Covaxin is available in Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta. Government could not resolve the unscientific spot booking system and vaccine distribution yet.

Minister Veena George said that the first dose of vaccine was given to all those aged above 45 years in Wayanad and Kasaragod districts. The target was to vaccinate 2,72,333 people in Wayanad and 3,50,648 in Kasaragod. The minister also directed that people aged above 45 years who are yet to be vaccinated in these districts should contact the nearest health workers soon.

The vaccine in tribal villages in Wayanad was given with the help of mobile teams. Awareness was also given to many who were reluctant to vaccinate. In Wayanad, 56 per cent (1,52,273) above 45 years have been given the second dose also. In Kasaragod district, the second dose is given to 54 per cent (1,88,795) over 45 years including the Endosulfan-hit region. 53 per cent (5,20,271) of those aged above 18 years were given the first dose and 23 per cent (2,30,006)received second dose too.

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