Covid vaccinations were halted in Satara of Maharashtra late Wednesday night, just hours after state Health Minister Rajesh Tope raised the issue of rapidly depleting stocks across the state and pleaded with the federal government to send more doses.
“Stocks of vaccines in the state remain only for three days. We have requested the centre to send more vaccines. This in the state with the highest number of cases coming everyday. In Mumbai also stocks only remain for three days,” Mr Tope told the media today.
He said that he had told Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan of the dire situation of Maharashtra.
“Today 14 lakh doses are available, which means there is only three days’ stock. So every week we need 40 lakh doses that is if we vaccinate 5 lakh everyday,” he said.
The minister said he had told Harsh Vardhan “We don’t have doses in most of our vaccination centres and they had to shut down. They are sending people back because of lack of doses. I have been asking you to supply vaccines to us.”
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In a separate writeup, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi has written to the Union Health Minister that Maharashtra is only left with 48 hours of vaccine. “The speed of vaccination and the volume also means that many districts have run out of vaccines and other districts have stocks that would last only 48 hours”.
In the second wave of Covid outbreaks, Maharashtra has been the hardest hit state, with India registering 1.15 lakh cases in just 24 hours.
The Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has acknowledged that there is a shortage in the city and that Covid shots are “about to” end.
“The vaccine stock in Mumbai is about to get over. We are giving most of the doses to government hospitals. We only have one lakh plus Covishield doses left. There is a bit of a shortage. Rajesh Tope has spoken to the Center on this,” said Kishori Pednekar, Mumbai Mayor.
“The centre needs to give us more stocks as soon as possible or it will be difficult to administer second doses,” she said. She was urging citizens to follow all precautions.
“Many districts will run out of the stock today or tomorrow. The Centre is aware of the situation and (we) have also communicated in writing,” Maharashtra’s Principal Secretary (Health) Pradeep Vyas told Press Trust of India.
“Maharashtra has around 16 lakh doses available as of today. The centre is sending an additional 7 lakh doses today, the usual supply. We expect that Maharashtra will have around 23 lakh doses available by today,” the sources said.