Given the scale of the “rationed” vaccination (an average of 25 to 30 lakh doses per day), the first day registration of about 1.33 million rupees points to the daunting task the government will face in the coming weeks.
On Wednesday, the government expanded the COVID-19 vaccination campaign to include a larger and younger population by opening registration on the Co-WIN platform for people ages 18 to 44. almost 1.33 million rupees.
Given the extent of the “rationed” vaccination (an average of 25 to 30 lakh doses per day), the first day record of approximately 1.33 billion rupees points to the daunting task the government will face in the coming weeks.
As many young people seek vaccinations and hope to return to work as soon as possible, a lot of pressure is expected. “In addition, the large number of deaths every day has eliminated the slight reluctance of people,” said an AIIMS doctor who refused to be named.
India has 59.46 million people in the 18 to 44 age group.
When the platform was opened to people over the age of 60 on March 1, 25 lakh beneficiaries had registered on the first day. When people over the age of 45 were able to register on April 1st, there were many who had signed up for a vaccination without needing to register first. in Co-WIN.
So far, Rs 14.80 crore has been registered with Co-WIN, of which only Rs 2.91 crore has been made online; Most of them (9.33 crore) entered the centers and were registered prior to vaccination. Up to 2.55 crore are records from frontline and healthcare workers that were prioritized for vaccination starting January 16 and February 1, respectively.
Many states will be complaining about vaccine shortages in just two days with the third vaccination phase for the largest population. Reports from cities in most states suggest that users in the 18-44 age group couldn’t find vaccination schedules. However, most hospitals in states like Gujarat, Chandigarh Delhi, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Assam were not available to the under 45s. Year old.
A senior Govt officially said: “We made the smart choice that it is best to allows registration.After that, when public hospitals join them, they will post vacancies on the platform and people will be able to do so (reservation) A meeting)”.
Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said the state had ordered 25 lakh vaccines each from Bharat Biotech and the Serum Institute of India, but Bharat Biotech replied that it could only deliver vaccines until the end of July and for fear of the vaccination strategy it could fail, he said, “We are able to vaccinate 3 lakh people a day. If the center doesn’t give us the vaccine, how can we function? We’re done with our roadmap, we can start even if they are us inform a a few days ago. “May 1st.”
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the state will need about 40 lakh of vaccinations a week. To date, the state’s vaccine inventory is around 7 lakhs. While the state has the capacity to immunize 8 lakh a day, it could only vaccinate. Only 1.5-2 lakh people on Tuesday, he said.
Last Friday, Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami requested a delivery of 20 lakh cans. In a letter to the prime minister, he said Tamil Nadu had received 67.85 lakh cans so far. While 3 lakh cans are expected from Covishield on Thursday. The state had a inventory of 5.6 lakh doses of vaccine on Wednesday.
Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma said, “There are 3.25 million people in the state who are in that age group. We need around 7 million doses.” He said the state had made a 3.75 crore request for vaccines to the Serum Institute, but was told the company would only fulfill the center’s request until May 15.
In Odisha, health ministry officials said the third phase, which will begin May 1, could be delayed due to a lack of vaccines in the state. We currently have 1.23 million doses of Covishield and 3.56 million doses of Covaxin.Due to the unavailability, the Phase III vaccination campaign is likely to be delayed, ”said Bijay Panigrahi, director of public health.
To allay fears of private hospitals in West Bengal, the government said in Wednesday’s statement that this will help them meet their commitments to vaccine recipients for the second promised dose. “The West Bengal government has learned that recipients of approximately one lakh of the first doses of the vaccine are eagerly awaiting their second dose in various private hospitals where they received the first doses.” Authorities said they were waiting for more clarity about the vaccination campaign for the 18- to 45-year-old age group from May 1.
Hospitals said they didn’t get a straight answer from vaccine manufacturers.